Say what you will about the Yankees, love them or hate them, you MUST respect the career of Mariano Rivera, Mo. THE closer in baseball for years and years. Well, that reign is over – for at least this year and maybe forever. Mo tore his ACL and will be out for the rest of the year.
Fantasy wise, this means that the NY Yankees need a new closer and that this closer is possibly available on your waiver wire. The Yanks have two choices, David Robertson and Rafael Soriano.
When the Yanks signed Soriano, the speculation was that they were signing their closer of the future for when Mo retired. However, Soriano hasn’t been as dominant as expected. Last year, shortened by injuries to 39 innings, he had a 4.12 ERA and 1.30 WHIP – just not good, especially for a late inning guy. He has pitched 8 innings this year and has a 2.25 ERA but a 2.00 WHIP. He is giving up a lot of hits and walking too many. It is unlikely that he will be the Yankees first choice to close.
The likely first choice is David Robertson. Last year, Robertson had a 1.08 ERA with a 1.13 WHIP as well as 100 Ks in 66 innings. These are the type of numbers you want to see for your closer. This year, in 11 innings, he has a 0.00 ERA and 18 Ks – can’t really ask for better.
The numbers are clear, Robertson is the better pitcher and should be the closer for the NY Yankees. Grab him now!