David Robertson: “I pitched like crap”

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Yankees closer David Robertson blew a save last night, turning a 2-1 lead into a 3-2 walk-off loss against the Orioles, and afterward he had plenty of harsh things to say about himself:

I pitched like crap. A terrible job by me out there. I just stunk. … I just wasn’t able to do it today. I felt good in the pen. I felt great warming up earlier today. I thought I had good enough stuff. Those guys are too good to leave pitches in the zone.

Fair enough, but hopefully blowing a save when the Yankees’ playoffs hopes are slipping away won’t obscure the fact that Robertson has had an excellent season stepping into Mariano Rivera’s incredibly large shoes as the Yankees’ closer.

Robertson has a 2.93 ERA with 13.3 strikeouts per nine innings and a .186 opponents’ batting average while converting 90 percent of his save chances. In his 17 seasons as the Yankees’ full-time closer Rivera converted 89 percent of his save chances.

Robertson has been damn good in a much-scrutinized role with impossibly high standards and, as a 29-year-old impending free agent, he’s about to cash in big on the open market.

Mariners sign RHP reliever Trevor Gott to 1-year contract

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SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners have begun the process of bolstering their bullpen by signing right-hander Trevor Gott to a one-year contract on Wednesday.

Gott appeared in 45 games last season with Milwaukee, going 3-4 with a 4.14 ERA. Gott had 44 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings and held opponents to a .204 batting average.

Gott’s signing helps fill a void created when Erik Swanson was traded to Toronto as part of the deal that brought slugger Teoscar Hernandez to Seattle earlier this month. Gott has also pitched for San Francisco, Washington and the Los Angeles Angels.

Last season with the Brewers, Gott saw significant drops in batting average against and walk percentage, while raising his strikeout percentage.

Seattle also made a front office announcement Wednesday with the promotion of Andy McKay to assistant general manager. McKay has been with the club since 2015, when he was hired as the director of player development. McKay was promoted to senior director of baseball development in November 2021.

In his new role, McKay will oversee baseball development at all levels of the organization.