“A little nerve-wracking,” Robertson said of his first save since becoming the man who would replace Mariano Rivera as the Yankees closer. “I didn’t mean to put so many guys on.”
“I had some nerves out there,” Robertson admitted. “I knew it was the first time without Mo and I wanted to get the job done quickly. But it didn’t work out that way.”
“I was thinking, ‘Don’t blow your first opportunity,’ ” Robertson said. “I was afraid Mo might come back in here and slap me around.”
Whenever your mind is playing those kinds of tricks on you, succeeding becomes doubly difficult. David Robertson was fortunate. He squeaked by his first save opportunity and that should help settle him down in future efforts. There is some good news here. Robertson struck out two more batters, giving him 23 in just 13 innings of work. How does 15.9 strikeouts per nine innings grab you?
Here is Robertson’s Pitch/FX for the outing.…