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Wednesday, July 10, 2013
D-Rob's statistical case begins in May

By Mark Simon

David Robertson probably doesn’t have the best statistical case to be an All-Star among the Final Vote candidates.

But he would have the best statistical case if the season had started on May 1.

Robertson has pitched like the pitcher Yankees fans have gotten used to since that date. His 1.40 ERA is tied with Blue Jays relievers for the best among the Final Vote candidates in that span and his .503 opponents OPS is also the best among that quintet.

Additionally, via our video-tracking, Robertson has the lowest rate of hard-hit balls against him among the five -- with one hit in only 10 percent of at-bats (balls are categorized as “hard” “medium” or “soft” by a game-watcher).

Robertson’s opponents’ OPS (.542) and hard-hit rate (11 percent) are the two stats that hold up when comparing him to those other pitchers for the entirety of the season as well.

Robertson’s other statistical argument would be that of the five, he’s the best “Houdini” of the bunch (hence his nickname). Opponents are 4-for-31 (.129 batting average) with no extra-base hits with runners in scoring position against him this season.

Robertson enters tonight’s game with an 8 2/3 innings scoreless streak and has held opponents scoreless in 16 of his last 17 outings.

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