In time, everyone figured Robertson to be Mo’s successor, but not now and not like this.
When you consider all the Yankees recent history of screwing up young pitchers by pushing them too hard into uncomfortable roles, it makes you stop and think again.
Why the hell would the Yankees put all the weight on Robertson to fill Mo’s shoes when the timing isn’t right?
Robertson was invaluable to the Yankees last, and he got an All-Star nod to prove it. Also his 1.08 ERA, one homer, and eight earned runs in over 66 innings pitched made Robertson the best reliever in the Bigs.
Just think about it…. Robertson earned the nickname Houdini because he is an escape artist. He thrives when runners are already on bases, as that is where he always got the big strikeouts.
So, could this be the reason that Robertson blew his second save vs. the Rays?
Robertson came in at the top of the ninth, gave up a homer, a single and allowed four runs to score; which blew the Yankees 1-0 lead and the game.
Fast-forward to last night’s 6-2 win over the Mariners.
Boone Logan started the ninth inning, and struck out one but then gave up a hit.
So, that is when Girardi tapped Robertson to come in with Logan’s inherited runner on base. The runner was still Logan’s responsibility stat-wise, but mentally that is the situation Robertson flourishes in.
Look, I am not saying that Robertson’s talent cannot be used to take over for Mo but when the time is right.
Rivera will be back, and that is when Robertson can ease his way into the closing role. But for now, use the guy who had 45 saves in 2010 named Rafael Soriano to close games when the bases are empty; throw Logan in for four outs like last night sometimes and use Robertson when Houdini is needed.
Look mourning over Mo’s absence any longer does no good for anybody, as no matter how sad an entire city might be, he is not coming back in 2012. And I think if Girardi hands the ball to Robertson, like he used to with Mo will make life a lot harder.
This is the time to stick with what works and where there has been proven success.
Also, the Yankees stop reverting to tactics that have failed in regards to how they groom young, promising pitchers. It is time to learn from past mistakes, and not always do everything by the book because that is the way it is supposed to be done.
Heck…. this is the perfect time to for Girardi to reintroduce his infamous binder as I would be elated for it to rear its ugly head again but just for this exceptional situation.