Interesting tidbit from the unmatchable font of Yankee information, Peter Abraham, here. David Robertson has been called up to replace Xavier Nady on the Yankee roster. You may remember, that I listed that as option #1 on my piece presenting the Yankee alternatives when X-Man went down, here. We’ve only known Joe Girardi as the Yankee manager for a little over a year, now, but a pattern seems to be developing.
This guy sure does like to mix and match a lot of guys in his bullpen. He couldn’t be more opposite to Joe Torre, who ran out the same 3 guys every single day. Joe G doesn’t even WANT a long man on his team because it prevents him from having an extra matchup guy. He loooooved the end of last year, when the rosters expanded, so he had, like 30 different relievers to pick and choose from. So, when Nady goes down, instead of replacing him with a long man or another position player, he goes with an extra short guy. This is what the pen looks like now.
Veras – RHP
Coke – LHP
Edwar – RHP but tough on lefties
Robertson – RHP
Marte – LHP
Albaladejo – RHP and de facto long man
Bruney – RHP
Mariano – RHP
EIGHT, count ‘em EIGHT relievers, and not ONE of ‘em a long man. WOW! Pretty cool, huh. The positives are that Joe gets to keep everyone fresh and can pick and choose his perfect matchup based on handedness, pitching style, stuff, etc. and you KNOW Joe G has a chart of exactly who can hit what, so Edwar goes agains the guy who can’t hit changeups and Robertson gets the nod against the guy who struggles with curveballs.
The downside is that you’re not plunking 3 guys into the game every time, building up their confidence and letting them get into the groove, like Torre had so much success with Stanton, Nelson, and Rivera (but not so much success afterwards).
Robertson has been pretty unhittable in AAA, going 5 innings, 2H, 1BB, 10K, and 0 runs allowed. Averaging 2Ks per inning – not too shabby. You’ll remember, he’s got a 90mph fastball, a cutter a shade below that and a wicked curve which is his out pitch. Do you guys like this move or would you rather see a long man like Tomko or Aceves, or a position player filling this spot?
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