The White Sox got a little ahead of themselves last offseason, investing big dollars in a lockdown closer before they had built an actual contender, and David Robertson owners would have preferred they didn't. It's not that he was bad for them. He just didn't get the opportunities most relievers would closing for a team that lacked the pitching to keep games close. He didn't have an ERA befitting his abilities either, but that was partly a product of bad luck given his career-best WHIP and walk rate. Of course, the big differentiator for him is strikeouts. He's one of just a handful of closers with a realistic shot at 100 this year, and that's enough to make him a top-10 reliever on Draft Day even if the save opportunities might be scarcer than usual.
White Sox closer David Robertson tossed a clean ninth inning to record his 32nd save in the White Sox 5-2 win over the Yankees on Friday night Robertson has 32 saves in 39 chances - certainly not an automatic ending to games, and he has suffered a rough September. He went through a stretch of three games where he allowed nine runs (seven earned), and that has been a good depiction of his season - stretches of dominance, and stretches of extreme vulnerability.
White Sox closer David Robertson managed to secure his 30th save in spite of surrendering three hits and two earned runs in one inning in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Indians. He also struck out a batter. It marked the third consecutive outing in which Robertson has made it interesting in the late innings, with the White Sox closer giving up a one-out, two-run homer in the ninth to Chris Johnson to pull the Indians within a run. The veteran reliever then surrendered a single to Abraham Almonte and secured the final out of the ballgame, and the save, by picking him off first base. Despite Saturday's narrow escape, Robertson's 21.00 ERA and two homers surrendered over his last three innings has to be somewhat concerning to both his team and fantasy owners.
White Sox closer David Robertson didn't close for anyone but the Athletics on Thursday. He took the loss and was charged with his seventh blown save of the season in a 4-2 defeat. He surrendered three hits, three earned runs and walk in one inning while also striking out a batter. Robertson invited trouble by yielding a one-out double to Brett Lawrie and a single to Danny Valencia before allowing Billy Butler to plate both with a round-tripper to right field. After a streak of eight consecutive appearances without allowing an earned run, Robertson has now given up seven runs (five earned) over his last two innings. The blown save also broke his streak of six consecutive successful save conversions.
White Sox closer David Robertson struck out a batter in a clean ninth inning, preserving Thursday's 6-4 win over the Twins. Robertson needed just 14 pitches to record his 28th save of the year. The right-hander hadn't pitched since throwing two innings and getting the win on Sunday. He has successfully converted eight of his last nine save opportunities.
The White Sox pulled closer David Robertson off waivers Monday afternoon and will not trade him to the Yankees, according to CBS Sports Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Chicago had until 2 p.m. ET on Monday to trade Robertson after the Yankees claimed him on waivers.