Both Boone Logan and David Robertson got off to rocky starts with the Yankees in 2010.
Logan couldn’t find the strikezone before being sent down to Scranton. Robertson couldn’t get anyone out. All of this now seems like it happened a long time ago.
I’ve already dicussed Boone Logan’s resurgence and he did pitch 1/3 of an inning in last night’s loss, striking out Josh Hamilton. As for Robertson, the season outside of April has been very good.
The walks, now 23 in 35.3 IP, are a little high, but that comes with the territory with Robertson. He’s balanced it well with 40 strikeouts in that frame and a super low .080 IsoP against. Repeating myself a bit here: the ~.345 OBPA is not great, but the ~.310 SLGA is fantastic. The best thing a pitcher can do is not allow walks, strike guys out, and keep the ball in the park. Robertson does two of those three things very well (10.2 K/9; 0.51 HR/9 since May) and you’ll take that from a reliever every single time.
I’ve always been really high on Robertson, so it’s great to see him succeed for an extended period of time. His massive strikeout numbers and his awesome two pitch combination–a sneaky fastball and a swoon-inducing curve–make for a great reliever. If he can get the walks under control, I think D-Rob could be a closer/relief ace.