David Robertson: 2023 Mets Relief Pitcher (2023)

 David Allen Robinson was born April 9th in Birmingham, Alabama. The five-foot eleven right-handed pitcher attended the University of Alabama playing for the Crimson Tide. He was drafted by the AL New York team in the 17th round of the 2006 draft.

In 2006 he was named the Cape Cod League's MVP in the Playoffs of Yarmouth-Dennis' Red Sox Championship season.

MLB Career: Robertson came up with the AL New York club in 2008, he would spend seven seasons there as the teams set up man, becoming their closer in his final season with the team.

In 2008 he was brought up at the end of June & went 4-0 on the season with a 5.34 ERS, striking out 36 batters in 30 innings. The next year he started out at AAA but was brought back up to go 2-1 with 63 strike outs in 43.2 innings of work, posting the second best strike out ratio in the majors at 13.0.

2009 Post Season: Robertson earned a win both the ALDS & ALCS pitching three scoreless.
innings. He made two appearances in the World Series loss to the Phillies.

2010 Post Season: Robertson was credited wit two holds in the ALDS win over Minnesota. In Game #3 of the ALCS he was rocked for five runs in the 8-0 loss. He then came into Game #5 of the ALCS & surrendered a 5th inning two run HR to Nelson Cruz in the Rangers 6-1 win clinching the pennant.

The next season although manager Joe Girardi did not pencil him in as a setup man, injuries to pitchers had him fill in that role anyway. He had posted 55 strike outs with a 1.27 ERA halfway thru the season, getting named to the AL All Star team replacing an injured David Price. 

He finished the year at 4-0 with a 1.08 ERA (tops among relievers) & a career high 70 appearances.

In 2012 he dropped off to a 2-7 record although his ERA was just 2.67 & he was credited with 30 holds.

2012 Post Season: He was credited with a win the ALDS Game #3 extra inning win over the Orioles. He allowed just one run in 6.1 innings pitched in two post season series. 

In 2013 he returned as setup man to go 5-1 with a 2.04 ERA & three saves, he struck out 77 batters in 66.1 innings of work, matching his career high 70 appearances. After going 5-1 in 2013 he became the teams closer in 2014 & saved 39 games (3rd most in the AL).

After the season he signed on as a free agent with the Chicago White Sox. He saved over thirty games in each of the next two seasons, finishing with 34 in 2015 (4th most in the AL (then 37 the next year (6th most in the AL). 

From August 5th to September 16, he struck out at least one batter in 15 straight games. 

In 2017 with the Sox in rebuilding mode he was sent back to the AL New York team along with Todd Frazier & Tommy Kahnle in exchange for Blake Rutherford, Ian Clarkin, Toto Polo & Tyler Clippard, where he went 5-0 with a 1.03 ERA in 30 appearances. Overall, he won a career high nine games that season as well.

2017 Post Season: He pitched a career high 3.1 innings in Game #3 of the ALWC game striking out five while allowing no runs. In the ALDS he blew a save in Game #2 at Cleveland in the Indians 9-8 win. He would allow five runs to the Houston Astros in the ALCS loss.

From 2009- 2018 he posted the lowest ERA (2.76) of pitchers with at least 50 innings pitched. In his first ten seasons he became the first pitcher to average ten strike outs per games in MLB history.

In 2019 he negotiated his own contract & signed with the Philadelphia Phillies. He needed Tommy John surgery & pitched in just seven games that season. When he was ready to return, he suffered a setback & was shut down missing all of the 2020 season.

In 2021 he pitched in the Independant Atlantic league to prepare for the Olympics, then signed with the Tampa Rays making 12 appearances. He then pitched four scoreless innings in the ALDS loss to the Boston Red Sox.

In 2022 Roberston signed with the Chicago Cubs where he went 3-0 with 14 saves in 36 appearances posting a 2.23 ERA. That August he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies for a minor leaguer.

He went 1-3 with 14 saves with the Phillies with a 2.70 ERA striking out 30 batters in 23.1 innings in 22 appearances. Overall, his twenty saves wee 8th most in the NL as he returned back to a closers role after five years.

2022 Post Season: Robertson made nine appearances pitching a scoreless inning in the NLWC series win over the Cardinals. He did not pitch in the NLDS.

In the NLCS series win over San Diego he made three appearances, allowing a 7th inning HR to Manny Machado in the 8-5 Game #2 loss. He then collected a pair of holds pitching two scoreless innings in Game #4 & Game #5.

In the World Series loss to the Astros, he made four appearances pitching four scoreless innings
with five K's & three walks. He earned a save in the Game #1 extra inning win & finished off two games.

In the off season he signed a deal with the New York Mets. Initially thought to be one of the teams set up man, he may take over the closer's role after the injury to Edwin Diaz. 

Quotes- David Robertson: "My plan coming here was to throw whenever Buck called on me & asked me to pitch. It doesn't matter to me when I pitch in the game, whether it's the fifth through the ninth. But If I'm asked to cover the 9th, I will do my best".

With new rule changes in 2023 he is not a fan of the pitch clock.

Quotes- David Robertson: "I think its pretty ridiculous. Its way too fast, especially when you're just trying to have a conversation with your catcher & you don't have time". 

2023: As fate would have it, Mets closer Edwin Diaz injured himself while celebrating a win in the WBC & was out for the entire season. With the Mets bullpen thrown out of whack, Robertson would be put in a closer's role at times, where he would finish up 26 games. He would earn 14 saves & also get credit for seven holds in a set up role.

Robertson debuted with the Mets on Opening Day, earning the save in win at South Florida. He collected another save at home & another in Oakland, as well as collecting two holds thru his first ten appearances.

On April 27th, he came into a game where the Mets put up two runs in the bottom of the 8th inning against the Nat's. He finished off the game earning his first win of the year. He pitched well, lowering his ERA below one into late May & collecting three wins with nine saves thru May 31st.

At the start of June he gave up runs in back-to-back outings, including a bottom of the 9th inning
game tying HR to Atlanta's Orlando Arcia. 

He took the blown save as Tommy Hunter took the extra inning loss. From there he finished off two games in the subway series with no decisions & on June 24th, earned his tenth save in a win at Philadelphia.

On June 30th he gave up an 8th inning three run HR to the Giants Patrick Bailey, taking the loss which raised his ERA to 2.00. In his next five decisions he earned four saves & victory. 

On July 16th, he pitched two scoreless innings against the Dodgers at Citi Field, he earned the win as the Mets edged the Dodgers 2-1 on Luis Guillorme's walk off double.

After 40 appearances with the Mets going 4-2 with 14 saves & posting a 2.05 ERA, he was traded to the Miami Marlins at the trade deadline for minor leaguers Ronald Hernandez & Marco Vargas.

Post Mets Career: With the Marlins Robertson was 2-4 with four saves & a 5.06 ERA in 22 appearances. 

2023 Post Season- NLWC: In Game #2 of the NLWC loss to the Phillies he gave up a HR t JT Realmuto & was charged with two runs in the 7-1 loss.

In the off season he signed with the World Champion Texas Rangers.

Career Stats: In his 15-year career he is 63-42 with 175 saves in 793 appearances. He struck out 1055 batters & walked 330 in 804.1 innings of work. Robertson gave up 72 HRs. Although he has a high walk rate his strike ratio compensates for it throughout his career.

Family: David & his wife Erin were married in 2009, together they have two children. 

MLB Brother: David's brother Conner Robertson played for the Oakland A's (2007) & Arizona Diamondbacks (2008). In nine career games he was 0-1 with a 8.00 ERA.

Charity: He & his wife started the charity High Socks for Hope in his hometown of Tuscaloosa Alabama.


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