9 May 2012
the Yankees tried to break in a new closer. He blew three of his first six saves, but rebounded pretty nicely from there.
The point, obviously, is that closing ballgames is not an easy job. It’s even harder when you have to come in and protect a one-run lead. Robertson looked shaky last night and he looked bad tonight. Some fans will bury him, but if you are one of the guys (like me) screaming for the Yankees to develop their own pitching, this is the harsh reality of that request. Sure, Robertson may never amount to a big league closer, but he has shown more than enough in his big league career to keep the job right now. Girardi gave a great example in his postgame comparing closers to NFL kickers. As he said, “the great ones bounce back.” Robertson deserves the chance to prove he can be a great one.