How Robertson compares to Rivera in each pitcher's first season as Yankees closer

Right-hander has been impressive handling the pressure of replacing a legend
07/30/2014 11:04 AM ET
By staff

David Robertson finished off Tuesday night's 12-11 win over the Rangers, but wasn't thrilled with his performance. Robertson escaped a bases-loaded jam, inducing a fly ball to Adrian Beltre to end the threat. Despite his own disappointment in his effort, Robertson picked up his 27th save on the season.

His latest circus act was a good reminder of the high-wire work he's undertaking this year, stepping into the unenviable task of replacing the greatest closer in the history of the game. With the season more than halfway through, we took this somewhat arbitrary opportunity to check in on how Robertson's first year as the Yankees closer stacked up against the great Rivera's. While no one could replicate the dominance Rivera delivered regularly, Robertson has more than held his own.

First season as Yankees closer
RIVERA (1997)
Save Pct.
93.1 (27 of 29)
82.7 (43 of 52)
K/BB ratio
4.86 (68 K, 14 BB)
3.40 (68 K, 20 BB)
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