• David Robertson Vs. Darren O’Day

    Posted by on February 18th, 2014 · Comments (10)

    It’s pretty darn close.

    Player WAR G From To Age GS GF W L W-L% SV IP ER BB SO ERA ERA+
    David Robertson 9.6 339 2008 2013 23-28 0 72 21 14 .600 8 329.0 101 143 428 2.76 156
    Darren O’Day 9.3 323 2008 2013 25-30 0 81 20 9 .690 4 309.2 90 78 276 2.62 168
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    Generated 2/18/2014.

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    Comments on David Robertson Vs. Darren O’Day

    1. Evan3457
      February 18th, 2014 | 5:32 pm

      Darren O’Day has been outstanding over the last several seasons, and, up until 2013 at least, he handled lefties OK despite his but he doesn’t “look like a closer” (his K rate isn’t high enough, etc.), and so no manager has ever given him a real shot to close.

      If a team can stand the occasional critical HR by a LH hitter, he might still make a closer of some decent value.

    2. February 18th, 2014 | 8:35 pm

      O’Day, IIRC, was waived twice. And, he was a NDFA. Yet, he has the same numbers as the Yankees closer…I’m just saying.

    3. MJ Recanati
      February 19th, 2014 | 11:37 am

      Steve L. wrote:

      Yet, he has the same numbers as the Yankees closer…I’m just saying.

      What are you “just” saying? O’Day has been a good pitcher the past few years. Are you “just saying” that Robertson is also a good pitcher? In that case, we all knew that.

      Incidentally, nearly all of the numbers are the same except for the strikeouts.

    4. #15
      February 19th, 2014 | 12:09 pm

      And, with the game on the line, I’d much rather have D-Rob on the bump than D-Day.

    5. February 19th, 2014 | 1:38 pm

      I’m still not sold on Robertson’s ability to close.

    6. February 19th, 2014 | 1:43 pm

      I just see Robertson having too many Armando Benitez moments in big spots.

    7. Mr. October
      February 19th, 2014 | 8:42 pm

      O’Day can you see the Yankees not having the best record in MLB in one-run games in 2014, as they did with a bullpen of Robertson and Rivera in 2013 (.652)?

    8. Evan3457
      February 20th, 2014 | 6:04 am

      Steve L. wrote:

      I’m still not sold on Robertson’s ability to close.

      Can’t be sold on it until he actually does it.

      Closing is weird. Some relievers who should be good at it, aren’t. Relievers who shouldn’t be able to close can. (I’m looking at guys like Kevin Gregg, 82% success rate in his 6 seasons as a primary closer. Gregg is still a free agent. So is Ryan Madson.)

      TOG says Baseball HQ. When looking for a potential closer, T-O-G.

      T is for talent. Does the pitcher have the stuff and command to close? G is for Guile. Can the pitcher fool the hitter enough times so that they can’t sit on one pitch (or, at least, one pitch in one location) and won’t give up big home runs in critical situations? O is for Opportunity. Is the pitcher ever going to get a chance to close?

      Robertson has the T and the O. We’ll see if he has the G.

    9. February 20th, 2014 | 8:58 am

      G can also be for “guts,” as in does he have the stomach for it.

    10. Evan3457
      February 20th, 2014 | 1:02 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      G can also be for “guts,” as in does he have the stomach for it.

      Sometimes, enough experience in the role can generate the guts to fill it. The Phillies tried to hand Madson the job in both 2009 and 2010. But he blew 3 saves in a week in June, 2009, to lose it once, then lost it again at the end of April in 2010 by breaking his big toe. By the time he got back, Brad Lidge had re-established himself in the role. They gave it to him a third time in late April, 2011, and he ran with it, saving 32 with only two blown saves for the rest of the year.

      Then he blew out his elbow and has spent the last two years trying to recover from the ensuing Tommy John surgery.

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