Dave Robertson was so good last year, and he got off to such a strong start this season, it’s easy to forget that things haven’t always been easy for him. You can look at last night’s loss and Thursday’s blown save and think he’s never been through something like this, but Robertson’s a relief pitcher. They’ve all been through something like this.
“I had a ton of struggles in 2010 and had to completely turn it around,” Robertson said. “And this year, it seems to be the same way. I started off hot and you know, had that injury, the oblique, and it sat me down for 30 days, but it doesn’t matter. I feel good. I should be able to make the pitches, and that’s the most frustrating thing to me. I wasn’t able to make the pitches tonight. I let the team down. I let everybody down. We had the lead, we had a runner on second and two outs. I’m supposed to get that out and I couldn’t do it.”
Robertson’s a pretty easy going guy, but he was upset last night. Relief pitchers are going to blow one now and then — he knows that, I know that, you know that — but Robertson said he feels 100 percent healthy, and he’s not used to situations like this. He’s been through it before, but it’s been a while.
“I mean, it is inevitable that you’re not going to get it done, but I feel like I should get it done every single time I take the mound,” he said. “I have confidence in myself, and I know that I’m capable of getting that big out. … I’m very frustrated. I used to be really good at those situations. I’m not saying I can’t be again, but lately, the last couple of outings I haven’t been doing very well with them. And it’s time for me to turn it around and be able to get those big outs.”
Anyone ready to bet against him?
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