Robertson, Yankees Open 2009 World Series

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ROLLTIDEDOTCOM

Oct. 28, 2009

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – David Robertson, an All-American pitcher during his two-year career at Alabama, hopes to make a little more history this week as the right-hander looks to become the fifth Crimson Tide player in history to play in a World Series.

Robertson, who pitched at Alabama in 2005 and 2006, will be in the bullpen tonight when the New York Yankees meet the Philadelphia Phillies in game one of the 2009 World Series at Yankee Stadium. 

He has had a fantastic season with the Yankees and an even more impressive postseason.  He has appeared in three games this postseason and compiled a 2-0 record and 0.00 ERA. He has worked three innings and allowed two hits and struck out one batter.  Robertson’s two wins are tied with C.C. Sabathia for the most by a Yankees pitcher this postseason.  In fact, Robertson and Sabathia have four of the Yankees seven playoff wins.

"I think the confidence that they gain during that time in an important series, in big games, is helping them out right now," Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters during the playoffs. "I think David Robertson is a prime example in what he's been able to do in the couple of games that he's pitched. His first playoff taste, he won against Minnesota, and he won (against the Angels). He's been very, very good."

Robertson’s wins came against Minnesota in Game 2 of the American League Division Series on Oct. 9 and against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series on Oct. 16.  In both games, Robertson needed a little extra-inning magic.

Against the Twins, he entered the game with two on and no outs and after allowing a leadoff single to load the bases, he retired the next three batters to escape the 11th inning jam. Moments later, first baseman Mark Teixeira homered to give Robertson and the Yankees the win.

Eight days later, he did it again.  After putting two men on base with one out in the 13th inning, Robertson got Torii Hunter to bounce out to short for the second out before Vladimir Guerrero hit an inning-ending ground ball to second baseman Robinson Cano. 

Robertson, the last regular reliever left in the bullpen, then watched as Jerry Hairston Jr. raced home with the winning run in the bottom half of the 13th, making Robertson a winner yet again.

"He has done a tremendous job," closer Mariano Rivera told reporters following the ALCS Game.

Robertson appeared in 45 games this season for the Yankees and compiled a 2-1 record and 3.30 ERA.  He logged 43 2/3 innings and allowed 16 earned runs and 36 hits, with 63 strikeouts and 23 walks, while holding AL teams to a .216 batting average.

He has used a fastball and curveball to become a dominant strikeout pitcher in the big leagues.  He posted an impressive 12.98 strikeouts per nine innings this season with the Yankees and has recorded 12.04 strikeouts per nine innings (74 IP, 99 K) in his two-year career.

Robertson was drafted in the 17th round by the Yankees in the 2006 MLB First-Year Player Draft following a stellar career with the Crimson Tide.  He appeared in 61 games at Alabama and posted an 11-9 record with 18 saves and 2.96 career ERA.  He recorded 170 strikeouts in 127 2/3 innings on the mound during his two-year career and recorded 12.77 strikeouts per nine innings (72 IP, 105 K) during the 2005 season.

Editor’s Note: MLB.com contributed to this story.