After his 1-2-3, two-K eighth to get the game to Mariano Rivera for a 1-2-3 ninth in Sunday’s 6-4 win over the Rockies, David Robertson had given up only one earned run over his last 18 appearances. That dated to May 17 and included just nine hits allowed and 30 strikeouts in 17 1/3 innings. His ERA for the season is a tiny 1.15 over 34 outings. He has fanned 50 in 31 1/3, although he has walked 20.
Robertson has moved up from the sixth and then the seventh after the injuries to the original eighth-inning guy, Rafael Soriano, and then Joba Chamberlain. Soriano could be back after the All-Star break from his elbow inflammation. But following this latest game, Nick Swisher endorsed Robertson for the permanent eighth-inning job.
“I’m not taking credit from anybody, but that’s the spot he should be in,” Swisher said. “He’s proven that. The numbers show that. He’s one of my good buddies. I’m so excited that he’s starting to get a lot of the credit that he deserves.”
I agree with Swisher. I can’t see going back to Soriano for the eighth no matter how much he’s making when Robertson is doing this well, and especially since Soriano wasn’t having a steady season when he went down. He checked out with a 5.40 ERA over 16 appearances.