Mets’ David Robertson ready to pitch whenever needed in Edwin Diaz’s absence

New York Mets relief pitcher David Robertson (30) throughout spring training exercises / Rich Storry – U.S.A. TODAY Sports

With Edwin Diaz most likely out for the season after suffering a torn patella tendon in the World Baseball Classic, the Mets are going to require somebody to step up into the closer function.

The group isn’t revealing their strategy right now, however they have a handful of various choices who might make a case. Brooks Raley and Adam Ottavino have actually been pointed out, John Curtiss likewise has late-inning experience in the past and is assembling a strong spring.

Perhaps the most sensible, and likely, choice, however, is David Robertson.

Robertson signed a one-year, $10 million handle the Mets this offseason. He was anticipated to assist form the bridge to Diaz along with Ottavino and Raley in the later innings.

However, things have actually altered.

Replacing a pitcher of Diaz’s quality is close to difficult, however Robertson just recently informed press reporters he’s prepared and ready to take the ball whenever Buck Showalter offers him the call.

“My plan coming here was to throw whenever Buck called on me and asked me to pitch,” Robertson stated.

“I’ll do whatever’s asked of me. I came here to try to win a World Series. If pitching in the fifth, sixth, or ninth inning is when I have to pitch, that’s fine with me. I’ll do whatever it takes to help this team win.”

Robertson left to a late start in Grapefruit League action, by style, however up until now he’s tossed a set of scoreless innings.

The right-hander is coming off a season in which he published a 2.40 AGE, 1.14 WHIP, and 81 strikeouts throughout 58 looks with the Cubs and Phillies. He likewise taped 20 conserves in 28 chances.

Robertson is a tested back-end of the bullpen arm, shutting down 157 video games throughout his 14-year MLB profession. He has experience effectively pitching in New York and is efficient in working versus both righties and lefties.

While losing the very best better in the video game definitely is a huge blow to the Mets bullpen, Robertson stays positive in himself and the rest of the group to step up and do the job late in video games.

“We still have a lot of talent in this clubhouse,” he said. “Obviously we would love to have Edwin, he’s exceptional. But moving forward we’re just going to have to figure out ways to get outs later in the game. We’ve got the talent here, we just got to go out there and do it.”

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