Robertson Itching to Get Back

When David Robertson finally received a much anticipated promotion, Yankee fans were buzzing about how his phenomenal strikeout rate would translate into the majors. For the most part, Robertson was a solid reliever, but he did experience the occasional meltdown or hiccup. Either way, he got some much-needed experience and he could end up being a valuable reliever for the Yankees next season.

"I was very excited to be there," David Robertson said of his promotion, "but I was also really nervous. I got through it and it ended up turning out fine."

In his first major league appearance, Robertson allowed four hits and one earned run in two innings of work in a 3-1 loss against the New York Mets.

From then on, he was an above average reliever. From June 29th till July 26th, the 23 year-old posted a 1.38 ERA and a 3.5 K/BB ratio in his first 11 games.

He suffered a meltdown in a 14-3 loss against the Orioles in his next appearance, however, allowing four hits and five runs in one-third of an inning.

"I'm not really sure what caused the troubles up there. I don't know, I was not making great pitches and I started getting hit," Robertson said.

"Of course, I'd like to get a few of those bad outings back and do them over, but it's part of the game and its going to happen."

After the rough outing against the Orioles, Robertson became a bit more inconsistent, but at times, still showed that he had the stuff to be a big league reliever.

With his low-90's four-seam cutting fastball and a hard-diving curveball, Robertson has the stuff to be an effective major leaguer.

He's also put up astounding numbers in the minors, especially this season. In 35 innings with Scranton, he's only allowed 20 hits while posting a 2.08 ERA and a 3.0 K/BB ratio.

Perhaps his struggles were from a lack of experience, or they could have been mental. Either way, Robertson learned from his time in the big leagues.

"I learned that I've got the stuff, it's just a matter of controlling it and making it count in the right situations," he said. "I didn't really have to adjust my approach at all, I just tried to get strike one and work the count.

"Joe Girardi told me what to do on the mound. One of the important things was slowing the game down. I also got advice about making the right pitches and stay away from guys, about location and things like that," he added.

The bright side of Robertson's time in the majors was the amount of experience he received. The pitcher got a chance to face off against some of the best hitters in the game, and was often impressive.

Although his overall numbers were somewhat discouraging, the Yankees are trying to build a pen of young pitchers, and the key to development is experience.

Robertson got just that.

"I learned to just stay confident and throw strikes," he said. "I need to trust in my stuff, because I know I can do it. For me, that's what the game is about. My only goal now is to just get back up there."

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"I was very excited to be there,\" David Robertson said of his promotion, \"but I was also really nervous. I got through it and it ended up turning out fine.\"
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\r\nIn his first major league appearance, Robertson allowed four hits and one earned run in two innings of work in a 3-1 loss against the New York Mets.
\r\n
\r\nFrom then on, he was an above average reliever. From June 29th till July 26th, the 23 year-old posted a 1.38 ERA and a 3.5 K/BB ratio in his first 11 games.
\r\n
\r\nHe suffered a meltdown in a 14-3 loss against the Orioles in his next appearance, however, allowing four hits and five runs in one-third of an inning.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'm not really sure what caused the troubles up there. I don't know, I was not making great pitches and I started getting hit,\" Robertson said.
\r\n
\r\n\"Of course, I'd like to get a few of those bad outings back and do them over, but it's part of the game and its going to happen.\"
\r\n
\r\nAfter the rough outing against the Orioles, Robertson became a bit more inconsistent, but at times, still showed that he had the stuff to be a big league reliever.
\r\n
\r\nWith his low-90's four-seam cutting fastball and a hard-diving curveball, Robertson has the stuff to be an effective major leaguer.
\r\n
\r\nHe's also put up astounding numbers in the minors, especially this season. In 35 innings with Scranton, he's only allowed 20 hits while posting a 2.08 ERA and a 3.0 K/BB ratio.
\r\n
\r\nPerhaps his struggles were from a lack of experience, or they could have been mental. Either way, Robertson learned from his time in the big leagues.
\r\n
\r\n\"I learned that I've got the stuff, it's just a matter of controlling it and making it count in the right situations,\" he said. \"I didn't really have to adjust my approach at all, I just tried to get strike one and work the count.
\r\n
\r\n\"Joe Girardi told me what to do on the mound. One of the important things was slowing the game down. I also got advice about making the right pitches and stay away from guys, about location and things like that,\" he added.
\r\n
\r\nThe bright side of Robertson's time in the majors was the amount of experience he received. The pitcher got a chance to face off against some of the best hitters in the game, and was often impressive.
\r\n
\r\nAlthough his overall numbers were somewhat discouraging, the Yankees are trying to build a pen of young pitchers, and the key to development is experience.
\r\n
\r\nRobertson got just that.
\r\n
\r\n\"I learned to just stay confident and throw strikes,\" he said. \"I need to trust in my stuff, because I know I can do it. For me, that's what the game is about. My only goal now is to just get back up there.\"
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