Aug 24, 2014; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher David Robertson (30) pitches during the ninth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. New York Yankees won 7-4 in ten innings. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
2. David Robertson RP
Do you know what you get when you combine a lineup headlined by Eaton, Abreu, and Cabrera, a starting rotation that features Sale, Samrdzija, and Quintana, and one of the best closers in the game? Saves, saves, and more saves.
In fact, when this guy comes out of the bullpen I want this song to play, because David Robertson is taking fools to church in ’15, and the White Sox are getting saved!
Okay, so I may be a little excited about the addition of Robertson this offseason, but fantasy owners should be excited too. Robertson will provide a steady stream of saves and strikeouts out of the bullpen this year.
This guy is legit. He stepped into the shadow of Mariano Rivera one block away from the house that Ruth built and converted 39 out of 44 save opportunities, while striking out 96 batters in 64.1 innings. Holy baseballs of fire Batman.
Welcome to Southside Mr. Robertson, can we get you anything to drink?
So how good can D-Rob be in the Windy City? I’m thinking 40-plus saves good. The AL Central isn’t an offensive behemoth outside of Detroit and Chicago.
Zeile Consensus has him pegged for a 2.74 ERA with 88 strikeouts and 37 saves. I think the ERA and strikeout estimates are fair, but I think his save total will be higher. I’m still not sold on the White Sox defense as being spectacular, but I also don’t think he will give up homers at a 15.6% HR/FB clip in 2015 either.
I’m predicting a 2.86 ERA, 88 strikeouts, and 44 saves for Robertson in 2015. Draft this guy next month if you don’t care to be scouring the waiver wire for saves in June.