I couldn’t believe it was happening.
After the absolute disaster that was the 2014 White Sox bullpen, I was witnessing what a bonafide closer looks like.
In the end, who knew I’d be putting David Robertson in the same category as buster Billy Koch and the sometimes-effective Octavio Dotel?
Koch? Dotel? What the … ?
Robertson entered Saturday’s game at U.S. Cellular Field and dispatched the Minnesota Twin in order to save a 5-4 win.
The 30-year old free agent pickup from the Yankees was dominant and that may be understating things.
Robertson fanned the side on 15 pitches (11 strikes) and made the Twins look like the team that scored one run in their opening series at Detroit rather than the squad that trampled the Sox on opening day.
Striking out the side … perfect inning … first save with the White Sox … it was time to do some digging.
Using the baseballreference.com Play Index, I discovered Robertson was the third Sox reliever in the save era (1969 when it became an official stat) to notch his first Sox save while fanning the only three batters he faced.
Koch was the first to do it on April 4, 2003 while Dotel accomplished it on July 9, 2008.
Koch flamed out in a hurry and Dotel was nothing more than an effective setup man with the Sox.
Just to prove that he wasn’t headed down the Koch/Dotel highway, Robertson followed up his Saturday outing with a precise 1-2-3 frame on Sunday in a non-save situation.
Robertson’s weekend: 26 pitches, 19 strikes, four strikeouts, one save and a lot of reassurance.