First off, apologies for being on hiatus but it’s not like we missed much – the Yankees are a second-to last place team (thank you, Red Sox!). Seriously, though…without further ado, uninterrupted coverage of the 2012 season commences NOW!
Mo tore his ACL shagging flyballs during BP in Kansas City. Let’s face it folks, that’s probably the only way the Royals could have taken him out, because it certainly wouldn’t be while he was on the mound. Terrible news, but even worse/better the knee injury led doctors to discover a blood clot in his calf, so maybe, just maybe, this injury actually saved Rivera’s life. He’s out for the season (a huge loss to the Yankees) but his desire is to come back next season, so we can only hope.
David Robertson’s accession to the role of closer got expedited. Robertson has been AWESOME but did finally blow a save against those same Royals – his first stumble of the season. Still, Yankees fans have wisely not panicked. You’re talking about a guy who posted a 1.08 ERA last season in 70 games. However, the Bombers faithful should prepare themselves for a few rollercoaster rides. Robertson’s nickname is Houdini, because he seems to get out of all sorts of jams. Watching him will not be like watching the sure thing that was Mariano Rivera. Take last season for example – Rivera posted a 1.61 ERA in 61.1 innings. He walked eight batters (two intentionally) and struck out 60 while producing a WHIP of .90. Robertson threw 66.2 innings, allowing 35 walks (six intentional) and fanned 100 . Robertson’s WHIP of 1.13 means he allows baserunners – more than one per inning – but he also strikes out more batters than Mo. In sum, stock up on antacid, but it will be ok.
The good news in the pitching department is that Andy Pettitte will make his season debut on Sunday in a start against the Mariners. Pettitte misretired after the 2010 season in which he posted an 11-3 record for the Yankees in 21 starts. He sat out last year, but decided to make another go of it. Even if he only wins a few regular season games for them, it’s a good add for the staff. First off, he’s a lefty. That alone is major points, but also, he has excellent experience, loves to teach young pitchers, and there’s no one, NO ONE I’d rather see start in a Game 2 of the post-season. This should be a good thing.
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Written by Stephanie Geosits