What Sergio Romo Would Give The Yankees That David Robertson Hasn´t


For the Yankees, the realistic potential of losing David Robertson is setting in. But if they move quickly, a golden opportunity is available that could keep them from skipping a beat.

Sergio Romo provides the career results to step in behind Dellin Betances as the new set up man. It starts with his quality 2.51 career ERA. But even more importantly, he has produced in the post- season. ¨The best bullpens usually win in the playoffs,¨ Joe Girardi has said according to  GreatQuotes.com. ¨There´s more pressure, so bullpens take on a huge significance.¨

So consider what Romo has accomplished. He has closed out a final game of a National League Divisioal Series, a final game of a National League Championship series, and a final game of a World Series. And after a shaky stretch in 2014, he settled down to register a 1.29 ERA in October.

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And his delivery should confuse American League hitters. It is an atypical, three-quarter style that seems to make the ball sling in from nowhere. Throughout the history of baseball, numerous pitchers with unusual wind ups have found success. Most notably Luis Tiant and Juan Marichal, with his high leg kick, come to mind.

But the Yankees will have competition for Romo´s services. The Houston Astros are reportedly scrambling to bolster their bullpen and could provide the biggest competition. Some internet conjecture even has Houston as a potential landing spot for Robertson. So the Yankees need to move quickly.

Despite Robertson´s overall success, he has not consistently shown the lights out ability in pressure situations that is expected of a dominant closer. Remember, it was Robertson who allowed the tie score in the ninth inning of Derek Jeter´s final Yankee Stadium appearance. And some of his saves were shaky ones. So it still unclear how well he can handle post-season pressure.

But Romo has been there and done that. So moving Betances to closer and bringing in Romo as the new set up man could be the start of a new era for the Yankees.