David Alan Robertson… Married Erin Cronin (1/30/09); has one son, Luke (8/27/12), and one daughter, Violet (7/3/17)…2004 graduate of Paul W. Bryant High School (AL)… Attended University of Alabama… His older brother, Connor, was drafted by OAK in 2004 and pitched in nine ML games in 2007-08… Following the 2011 tornadoes that ravaged his hometown in Alabama, he and Erin established the David and Erin Robertson Foundation to raise funds to donate to the relief efforts… The organization, eventually called High Socks for Hope, has also helped homeless veterans as well as individuals and families who have lost their homes due to natural disasters, in Alabama, Illinois, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma and Texas… The foundation has also provided housing for people with Alzheimer's and types of dementia… Robertson has also donated $100 for every strikeout he has recorded since 2011 to the foundation, and $200 for every save… Was named a recipient of the Thurman Munson Award in February 2018… Rang the Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange on 8/22/14… Was honored as the 2011 Joan Payson Award for Community Service recipient, presented by the New York Chapter of the BBWAA… Received the 2011 Golden Hammer Award from Habitat for Humanity of Tuscaloosa for his charitable efforts in the city… Hobbies: Hunting, fishing and watching Alabama football.
Pitched in seven games before being placed on the 10-day IL with right elbow soreness on 4/15...Transferred to the 60-day IL on 5/25 and missed the rest of the season after undergoing surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow in August.
Among all ML relievers, finished T-3rd in wins (8); joined Chad Green (2018) as only NYY relievers with 8 wins since 2009...Became the 13th pitcher in ML history to make at least 60 appearances in 9 consecutive seasons...Became the only pitcher in ML history to record at least 10.00 SO/9.0 IP in each of his first 11 seasons (2008-18)... Made his 600th ML appearance, 5/1 at HOU...Collected his 600th strikeout with NYY, 5/21 at TEX (Joey Gallo)...Posted a 0.69 ERA (1 ER, 13.0 IP) with 14 SO over 13 relief appearances from 5/25-6/24...Had at least one strikeout in 15 consecutive games from 8/5-9/16, tied for 2nd-longest such streak in his career (longest: 18 G, 6/11-7/31/11)... Did not allow a hit or run in a career-long 9 straight appearances from 9/15/17-3/30/18... Made his 500th career appearance with NYY on 9/26 at TB, becoming the third pitcher in franchise history to reach the plateau (Mariano Rivera-1,115; Dave Righetti-522)...Retired 54 of 69 first batters faced (78.3%).
Combined with the Yankees and White Sox to earn a career-high nine wins, most among Major League relievers…went 9-2 with 14 saves (in 16 chances) and a 1.84 ERA (68.1IP, 14ER) in 61 relief appearances…opponents batted .148 (35-for-237, 6HR); LH .140 (15-for-107, 3HR), RH .154 (20-for-130, 3HR)…retired 45-of-61 ﬁrst batters faced (73.8%)…allowed 6-of-18 (33.3%) inherited runners to score... Held batters to a career-low 63.6% contact rate, third-best among qualiﬁed relievers (FanGraphs)... In 30 relief appearances with the Yankees, went 5-0 with one save and a 1.03 ERA (35.0IP, 4ER)... Was acquired by the Yankees with INF Todd Frazier and RHP Tommy Kahnle from Chicago-AL on 7/18 in exchange for RHP Tyler Clippard, LHP Ian Clarkin and OFs Blake Rutherford and Tito Polo…was added to the Yankees' 25-man roster on 7/19…made his Yankees season debut -and ﬁrst appearance with the club since 9/26/14 at Boston-in 7/21 win at Seattle, tossing a scoreless seventh inning (1.0IP, 3K)... Held opponents scoreless in 23-of-24 outings beginning on 8/1 (all except 2ER on 8/24 at Detroit)…posted an 0.62 ERA (29.0IP, 2ER) from 8/1 through the end of the season... Earned his ﬁrst save with the Yankees since 9/26/14 at Boston in 8/16 win at the Mets, tossing a scoreless ninth (2K, 1WP)…was his 48th save as a Yankee, tying Lindy McDaniel for seventh place on the franchise's all-time list... Posted an 18.0-inning scoreless streak over his ﬁnal 15 appearances from 8/25-9/30 (3H, 7BB, 25K)…retired 28 of his ﬁnal 32 batters faced... Has an active streak of eight appearances without allowing a hit or run (since 9/15)…surpassed Mariano Rivera (7G, 6/3-20/10) for the longest such single-season streak in franchise history (min. 1.0IP per game)... Tossed 2.2 scoreless innings (1H, 4K) to earn the win on 9/11 against Tampa Bay at Citi Field…the 2.2IP were a regular season career high (previous: 2.0IP, 24 times)…threw 36 pitches, his most since 6/1/16 against the Mets at Citi Field w/ Chicago-AL (42 pitches in 2.0IP)…entered the game in relief of Sabathia with one out in the ﬁfth inning, the earliest he appeared in a game since 4/15/11 vs. Texas (also the ﬁfth)…his streak of 576 relief appearances of 2.0IP-or-fewer entering the game (6/29/08-9/9/17) was the ninth-longest such streak all-time and fourth-longest to begin a player's career, trailing only RHP Jonathan Broxton (694, current), LHP Brian Fuentes (all 650 career appearances from 2001-12) and LHP Ray King (all 593 career appearances from 1999-2008)... Went 2-0 with a 4.15 ERA (13.0IP, 6ER) and 16K in eight postseason relief appearances... Tossed a career-high 3.1 scoreless innings to earn the win in the Yankees' AL Wild Card game vs. Minnesota (3H, 1BB, 5K, 1WP)…threw a career-high 52 pitches and set a career high in strikeouts…was the ﬁrst Yankees reliever with at least 5K over at least 3.1 scoreless innings in a playoﬀ game since Mariano Rivera in 1995 ALDS Game 2 vs. Seattle (3.1IP, 2H, 5K)…entered in the third inning with the bases loaded and one out, allowing one inherited runner to score on a ﬁelder's choice and strikeout…marked just the third time in his career he pitched as early as the third inning during the regular season (also 7/18/10 vs. Tampa Bay, 1.2IP in relief of Andy Pettitte and 8/21/08 at Toronto, 1.1IP in relief of Sidney Ponson)…entered 2009 World Series Game 5 in the thrid inning in relief of A.J. Burnett…was the second-longest appearance of his professional career (3.2IP on 4/26/08 w/ Double-A Trenton vs. New Britain)... Allowed 4ER without retiring a batter in ALCS Game 6 at Houston (4H, 1HR), his ﬁrst time entering any game and not retiring a batter since 9/6/12 at Baltimore... In 31 relief appearances with the White Sox, was 4-2 with a 2.70 ERA (33.1IP, 10ER), converting 13-of-14 save chances... Was placed on the paternity list from 7/3-6 following the birth of his daughter, Violet... Prior to the season, pitched for the WBC-champion Team USA, allowing 1ER in 3.2IP over four relief appearances.
American League Leaders (Relievers): T4th-Saves (37). Tied for fourth in the American League with 37 saves, the third consecutive season he has reached that milestone. Joined Bobby Thigpen (1988-91), Roberto Hernandez (1995-96), Bobby Jenks (2006-08) and Keith Foulke (2000-01) as the only pitchers in White Sox history to record 30 saves in back-to-back seasons. His numbers increased from 2015 in WHIP (1.36 from 0.93) and opponents average (.231 from .196) and decreased in strikeouts per 9.0 IP (10.83 from 12.22) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (2.34 from 6.62). Limited left-handers to a .212 (25-118) average, compared to .252 (28-111) vs. right-handers. Went 4-0 with a 2.10 ERA (7 ER/30.0 IP) over 30 games at home, compared to 1-3 with a 4.73 ERA (17 ER/32.1 IP) over 32 games on the road. Allowed 16 of his 24 runs over four outings: 5/28 at Kansas City (6 ER/0.2 IP), 6/8 vs. Washington (3 ER/0.1 IP), 7/18 at Seattle (4 ER/0.2 IP) and 7/24 vs. Detroit (3 ER/1.0 IP) … ERA was 1.21 (8 ER/59.1 IP) over his 58 other appearances. His ERA increased from 0.96 on 5/23 to 4.37 following his outing on 6/8 against the Nationals … gave up two runs over 13.2 IP with 10 saves in 10 chances over his next 14 outings from 6/9-7/6 to lower his ERA to 3.22 … allowed seven runs over 4.0 IP in four games from 7/18-24 as his ERA jumped to 4.22 … rebounded to record a 1.64 ERA (4 ER/22.0 IP) over his final 23 appearances, lowering his final mark to 3.47. Converted his first six save chances of the season, allowing two hits over 6.1 scoreless IP … earned saves in the White Sox first two games of the season at Oakland, working 1.0 scoreless IP in each outing … pitched 1-2-3 innings to save each of the Sox three wins in a sweep from 4/11-14 at Minnesota. Recorded the final four outs for his sixth save on 4/20 vs. the Angels, his first save of more than 1.0 IP since 5/16/15 at Oakland (also 1.1 IP). Suffered his first blown save on 4/23 vs. Texas (1 ER/1.0 IP) … worked a perfect ninth inning for his seventh save the following day against the Rangers. Was on the Bereavement List from 4/28-30 … recorded his 10th save on 5/8 vs. Minnesota … worked 2.0 IP for the first time in 2016 on 5/17 vs. Houston. Converted 13 consecutive save chances from 5/22-7/3, allowing one run on 10 hits with 18 strikeouts over 13.1 IP. Allowed a career-high six runs in 0.2 IP on 5/28 at Kansas City … entered the game in the ninth with a 7-1 lead. Suffered his first loss on 6/19 at Cleveland, allowing a gameending single to Jose Ramirez in the 10th … recorded his second four-out save of the season (18th career) on 6/21 at Boston. Earned his 100th career save on 6/25 vs. Toronto, retiring Edwin Encarnacion and Michael Saunders to work out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam. Posted his 20th save on 6/26 vs. Toronto with a perfect ninth inning … struck out the side in the ninth for his 21st save on 6/30 vs. Minnesota … saved wins on 7/2-3 at Houston. Was charged with his third blown save on 7/18 at Seattle after allowing four runs on three hits over 0.2 IP … surrendered a game-ending, three-run home run to pinch-hitter Adam Lind … entered the game with the White Sox leading 3-0. Earned two wins on 7/24 vs. Detroit, becoming the first Sox pitcher to accomplish the feat since Tom Seaver on 5/9/84 vs. Milwaukee … Seaver's first win came as a reliever in the Sox 25-inning victory. Worked 1.1 IP against the Tigers in the completion of a suspended game from 7/23 … suffered his fourth blown save but earned the win in the regularly scheduled game … entered in the ninth with a 4-1 lead but surrendered solo homers to Nick Castellanos, Tyler Collins and Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Earned his 24th save on 7/26 vs. the Cubs, his first perfect inning in a save situation since 6/26 vs. Toronto. Suffered four blown saves in eight chances from 7/18-8/10, including back-to-back games on 8/9-10 at Kansas City … converted his next six save opportunities from 8/12-28, throwing 6.2 scoreless IP. Reached 30 saves for the third consecutive season on 8/17 at Cleveland. Underwent arthroscopic surgery on 10/27 to clean up the meniscus in his left knee.
American League Leaders (Relievers): 1st-1st Batter Eff. (.100); 2nd-SO/BB (6.62); 4th-SO/9.0 IP (12.22); T4th-wins (6); 6th-SO (86); 6th-Opp. OBP (.241); 6th-BR/9.0 IP (8.53); T6thSaves (34); 10th-Opp. AVG (.196). ... Posted 30-plus saves for the second consecutive season … his 34 saves tied for sixth in the American League and tied for the eighth-highest total in White Sox history. ... His average of 12.22 strikeouts per 9.0 IP (86 SO/63.1 IP) ranks fourth in Sox history among relievers, trailing only Sergio Santos (13.07 in 2011), Roberto Hernandez (12.67 in 1995) and Octavio Dotel (12.36 in 2008). ... Limited first batters to a .100 (6-60) average, the best success rate in both the AL and White Sox history … left-handers hit just .175 (17-97) with 36 strikeouts. ... Suffered seven blown saves, tied with five other pitchers for the most in the major leagues. ... Struck out two or more batters in 28 of his 60 appearances, including three or more on eight occasions. ... Recorded a 2.81 ERA (13 ER/41.2 IP) at home, compared to 4.57 (11 ER/21.2 IP) on the road … five of his seven blown saves came at U.S. Cellular Field. ... Converted all 15 of his save opportunities vs. AL Central opponents, going 2-1 with a 2.39 ERA (7 ER/26.1 IP) and 39 strikeouts over 26 outings. ... Seventeen of his 24 earned runs allowed came over eight games, including four outings in September. ... Began his Sox career with 12 consecutive scoreless appearances from 4/9-5/9 (12.0 IP), going 2-0 with 21 strikeouts while converting all five save opportunities. ... Made his White Sox debut on 4/9 at Kansas City (his 30th birthday), working 1.0 scoreless IP. ... Earned his first save with the Sox on 4/11 vs. Minnesota, striking out the side in a perfect ninth inning … struck out all three batters he faced for his second save on 4/15 at Cleveland. ... Recorded multiple strikeouts in five straight appearances from 4/14-26 (12 total) … earned his first win with Chicago on 4/20 vs. Cleveland after working a perfect ninth with two strikeouts. ... Struck out the side to earn the win on 4/26 vs. Kansas City in a game resumed from 4/24 (suspended due to rain) … earned the save with a perfect ninth in the regularly scheduled game on 4/26 … became the first Sox to earn a win and save on the same day since Bob Howry on 8/21/99 (Elias). ... Did not record a strikeout for the first time in his 10th game on 5/5 vs. Detroit but improved to 4-4 in save chances. ... Allowed his first two runs with the Sox on 5/10 vs. Cincinnati, suffering his first blown save before earning his third win. ... Was charged with back-to-back blown saves on 5/26-27 at Toronto … allowed a game-ending home run to Josh Donaldson on 5/26 and a game-tying shot to Donaldson on 5/27. ... Saved all three games of the White Sox sweep of Houston on 6/8-10 at U.S. Cellular Field. ... Suffered his fourth blown save on 6/19 vs. Texas, allowing two runs in the ninth … Chris Sale received a no decision despite striking out 14 over 8.0 scoreless IP. ... Converted seven consecutive save chances from 6/20-7/17 … allowed two runs on five hits with 12 strikeouts over 7.0 IP. ... Earned his 15th save on 6/25 at Detroit despite allowing two runs on three hits and two walks … struck out Josh Wilson to end the game with the bases loaded to preserve an 8-7 win. ... Was charged with a blown save on 7/22 vs. St. Louis after allowing a game-winning, three-run triple to Yadier Molina in the eighth inning … inherited all three baserunners. ... Retired a team season-high 26 straight batters from 8/16-9/8 … recorded his 600th career strikeout (Jake Smolinski) on 9/14 vs. Oakland. ... Posted a 10.13 ERA (9 ER/8.0 IP) over his final eight outings, raising his season ERA from 2.44 to 3.41. ... Recorded his 30th save on 9/19 at Cleveland and his 34th and final on 10/2 vs. Detroit. ... Was the White Sox nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet.
Went 4-5 with a 3.08 ERA (22 ER/64.1 IP), 39 saves and 96 strikeouts in 63 relief appearances with the Yankees...Ranked third among American League relievers in saves, fourth in games finished (55) and fifth in strikeouts, strikeouts per 9.0 IP (13.43) and save percentage (88.6, 39-44)...Limited opponents to a .192 (45-234) average … lefties hit .157 (20-127) with one home run, with right-handers at .234 (25-107) with six home runs...Became the sixth pitcher in Yankees history to reach 35 saves in a season, joining Mariano Rivera (12 times), Dave Righetti (twice), Sparky Lyle (once), John Wetteland (once) and Rafael Soriano (once)...Averaged 14.22 strikeouts per 9.0 IP (89 SO/56.1 IP) over his final 55 appearances of the season...Became the fourth Yankee with at least 23 saves prior to the All-Star break (since 1969), joining Rivera (seven times), Wetteland (once) and Lyle (once)...Was on the 15-day disabled list from 4/7-22 with a left groin strain...Recorded four-out saves in back-to-back opportunities on 5/15 at the Mets and 5/18-1 vs. Pittsburgh...Suffered his first loss and blown save of the season on 5/23 at the White Sox, allowing a game-ending, two-run homer to Adam Dunn in the ninth inning...Had converted his first nine save opportunities of the season...Allowed a career-high-tying five earned runs on 6/1 vs. Minnesota for his second blown save and loss...Did not allow a home run over a 27-game stretch from 6/3- 8/17...Converted 22 straight save opportunities from 6/5-8/23, the third-longest such streak in the majors in 2014 behind Craig Kimbrel (26) and Huston Street (23)...Earned his first win of the season on 7/20 vs. Cincinnati...Did not pitch over an eight-day stretch (from 8/8-15) and made just one appearance from 8/5-15 after appearing in three straight games from 8/2-4...Made his third appearance in as many games on 8/19 vs. Houston, allowing a go-ahead, three-run homer to Chris Carter in the ninth...Had not allowed a home run in his last 27 games from 6/3-8/17...Recorded his 500th career strikeout (Tyler Flowers) on 8/22 vs. the White Sox … became the fastest pitcher in Yankees history (376.2 IP) to reach 500 strikeouts, breaking the mark of 486.1 IP set by David Cone...Made his third appearance in as many days on 8/24 vs. the White Sox, allowing a game-tying solo home run to Avisail Garcia in the ninth for his third blown save...Recorded his 45th career save on 9/17 at Tampa Bay, moving past Rafael Soriano (44) into 10th place on the Yankees all-time list...Made his 400th career appearance on 9/23 vs. Baltimore...Suffered his fifth blown save on 9/25 vs. Baltimore after allowing three runs (two home runs) in the ninth inning...Recorded the win after Derek Jeter hit a walkoff single in the bottom of the inning in his final career game at Yankee Stadium.
Went 5-1 with a 2.04 ERA (329.0IP, 101ER) and three saves in 70 relief appearances with the Yankees… opponents batted .213 (51-for-239, 5HR); LH .175 (22-for-126, 1HR), RH .257 (29-for-113, 4HR)… retired 54-of-70 first batters faced (77.1%)… allowed 6-of-12 (50%) inherited runners to score... Made his fourth career Opening Day roster (2010-13)... Held opponents scoreless over a 21-outing span from 6/19-8/9 (20.1IP, 12H, 4BB, 22K)… the 20.1-inning scoreless stretch was his single-season career high (credit: Elias)… allowed just 1ER over a 29-appearance stretch from 6/19-8/30 (29.1IP)... Made his 300th career appearance in 6/19 Game 1 win vs. the Dodgers (0.2IP, 2BB)... Earned his first save of the season in 8/12 win vs. Los Angeles-AL, stranding the bases loaded (0.2IP, 1H, 2BB/1IBB, 2K)… was his first save since 9/20/12 vs. Toronto… allowed a Josh Hamilton double to snap an 0-for-23 stretch by opponents with runners on base... Allowed a two-run single to Josh Phegley with the bases loaded in the eighth inning of 9/4 win vs. Chicago-AL… had retired each of his previous 25 batters faced with the bases loaded dating back to 4/19/11... Missed five games (9/6-10) with right shoulder tendinitis... Was 1-0 in nine spring training relief outings, tossing 8.1 scoreless innings (6H, 3BB, 9K).
Was 2-7 with two saves and a 2.67 ERA (60.2 IP, 18 ER) in 65 relief appearances...allowed just seven of his 22 inherited runners to score, retiring his first batter faced on 50 occasions...opponents combined to hit .229 (52-for-227) with 15 extra-base hits (8 doubles, 2 triples, 5 HR) and 24 RBIs...Opponents batted .229 (52-for-227, 5 HR); LH .208 (25-for-120, 1 HR), RH .252 (27-for-107, 4 HR)...His seven losses were the most by a Yankees reliever since Jeff Nelson went 3-7 in 1997...Made his third career Opening Day roster...Did not allow a run in his first 13 appearances of the season from 4/6-5/8 (13.0 IP, 8 H, 5 BB, 23 K)...going back to 2011, did not allow a run over a 26.1-inning stretch from 9/1/11-5/8/12, marking the longest scoreless stretch by a Yankees pitcher since Mariano Rivera tossed 30.2 consecutive shutout innings from 7/22-10/2/99...had been the longest active scoreless streak in the Majors at the time it was snapped on 5/9...Struck out eight consecutive batters faced from 4/29-5/4...was 1 K shy of the most by a Yankee in the expansion era (since 1961), trailing only Ron Davis (9 K: 8 K on 5/4/81 at California to end the game and 1K on 5/9/81 at Seattle with his only batter faced)...Earned his first save of the season -- and fourth of his career (first since 9/3/11 vs. Toronto) -- in 5/8 win vs. Tampa Bay, tossing a scoreless ninth...Allowed 3 H and 4 ER in 0.2 IP (1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR) on 5/9 vs. Tampa Bay to record his first loss and blown save...marked his first runs allowed in 2012...marked his most runs allowed since 7/2/10 vs. Toronto (also 4 ER)...allowed a solo HR to Matt Joyce, just his second HR allowed over a 99-game span (96.0 IP) that dated back to 8/31/10 (also 8/29/11 at Baltimore, J.J. Hardy)...also snapped a personal streak of 231 opponent at-bats at Yankee Stadium without allowing a home run, the longest such stretch by any pitcher in the current Yankee Stadium...Was placed on the 15-day disabled list from 5/15 (retroactive to 5/14)-6/14 with a left oblique strain (missed 28 games)...made two rehab appearances (one start) with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre from 6/10-12, tossing 2.0 scoreless innings (2 K).Struck out his 300th career batter (Vinny Rottino) in 6/24 win at the Mets...reached the mark in fewer innings (219.2) than all but two pitchers in Major League history -- Billy Wagner (194.1) and Brad Lidge (210.2)...Made his second appearance in as many days on 6/28 vs. Chicago-AL, entering the game with two on and no outs in the ninth and allowing a go-ahead three-run HR to Viciedo to record his second blown save and second loss (1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 K, 1 HR)...Allowed 3 ER and a career-high 5 H in 1.0 IP (1 K, 1 HR) in 8/8 win at Detroit...Pitched on three straight days for the first time in his career from 8/26-28 (and five times in a six-game stretch overall from 8/22-28)...Became a father for the first time with the birth of son Luke Joseph Robertson (8 lbs., 7 oz.) on 8/27...pitched in that night's loss vs. Toronto, tossing a scoreless eighth (1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 K)...Was 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA (6.1 IP, 1 ER) in six postseason relief appearances...earned the win in ALDS Game 3 vs. Baltimore after holding the Orioles scoreless in the 11th and 12th innings (2.0 IP, 1 H, 2 K).
Was 4-0 with one save and a 1.08 ERA in a team-high 70 relief appearances with the Yankees in 2011... led all American League relievers and ranked second in the Majors in ERA trailing only Atlanta's Eric O'Flaherty (0.98)... held opponents scoreless in 63 of his appearances...Opponents batted .170 (40-for-235, 1HR), marking theninth-lowest average among ML relievers; LH .156(19-for-122, 0 HR), RH .186 (21-for-113, 1HR)... retired 52-of-70 first batters faced (74.3%)... prevented 34-of-44 inherited runners from scoring (77.3%)... appeared in consecutive games 13 times and three straight games twice (5/25-28 and 9/13-16)... the Yankees were 43-27 ingames he appeared in, including a 15-6 mark over his final 21 outings... 61 of his relief outings were at 1.0IP or less (85.9%)...Led all AL relievers and ranked fourth in the Majors with 100K... marked the most strikeouts by a Yankees reliever since Mariano Rivera in 1996 (130), also marking the last time a Yankee led AL relievers in K's (credit: Elias)... ranked fourth in theMajors (second in the AL) with 13.50 K/9.0IP, striking out at least one batter in 60 ofhis 70 outings... marked the highest K/9.0IP ratio by a Yankees reliever in franchise history...became the third pitcher all time to fan at least 100 batters while throwing less than 70.0IP, joining Billy Wagner (1997 w/Houston and 2010 w/Atlanta) and Joel Hanrahan (2010 w/Pittsburgh)...Opponents batted .053 (1-for-19) with 14K with the bases loaded... according to the Elias Sports Bureau, the 14K with the bases loaded matched the most by any pitcher inthe last 35 seasons (Nolan Ryan, 1977 Angels and Mark Littell, 1978 Cardinals)... heldopponents to a .140 (13-for-93) batting average with runners in scoring position anda .174 (8-for-46) average with RISP and two outs... held opponents hitless in their last23AB with men on base to close out the season...Allowed just 1ER (a J.J. Hardy solo HR on 8/29 at Baltimore) in 36 appearances on theroad (0.25 ERA, 36.0IP, 18H, 18BB, 52K)...Held opponents homerless over a franchise-record 71 appearances (68.0IP) from8/31/10-8/28/11 (Game 2), surpassing Mariano Rivera's 61-game homerless stretchfrom 8/19/05-7/17/06... had the streak snapped with Hardy's HR on 8/29 at Baltimore...Was named to his first career All-Star Game, tossing a scoreless second inning (1.0IP, 1H, 1K) for the AmericanLeague in the 5-1 NL victory on 7/12...Held opponents scoreless in his first 28 road outings (28.2IP, 15H, 12BB, 41K) from 4/8-8/28 (Game 2), surpassingMariano Rivera's (24 straight to open 2005) to establish a Major League record...Made his second career Opening Day roster and held opponents scoreless in his first 10 appearances of theseason from 4/2-26, allowing 8H in 8.1IP (2BB, 10K)...Entered 4/5 loss vs. Minnesota with the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth inning and allowed all threeinherited runners to score to record his first blown save (0.1IP, 1H, 1K)... retired all 18 opposing batters with thebases loaded over the remainder of the season...Earned his first win of the season-on his 26thbirthday-on 4/9 at Boston, retiring all five battersand stranding both inherited runners (1.2IP, 1K)...Surrendered his first run of the season in 4/29loss vs. Toronto, allowing 2ER in 1.0IP (1H, 2BB,2K)... made his first career error on an errant throwto second base in the sixth inning, allowing RajaiDavis to score from third base...Held opponents scoreless in 26 of his final27 appearances of the season, beginning on7/26, allowing just 11H and 1ER over the 26.2IPstretch with 37K (9BB, .128 opponents battingaverage)... span was bookended by a pair of 13-game scoreless streaks from 7/26-8/28 and 9/1-28...Did not allow a run in 13 September outings,surrendering just 4H and striking out 19 battersover his final 13.1IP this season (6BB, 1HP)...Closed out 9/3 win vs. Toronto with 2.0 scorelessinnings to earn his third career save...Earned the win in the AL East-clinching victory in9/21 Game 2 win vs. Tampa Bay to improve to 4-0... entered the game with one out and the bases loaded andinduced a Zobrist double play on his first pitch... was his third career one-pitch win (also 7/22/08 vs. Minnesota and 6/4/09 vs. Texas), tied with Brian Shouse for most in the Majors since the start of 2008...Appeared in two ALDS games vs. Detroit, tossing 2.0 scoreless IP.
Was 4-5 with one save and a 3.82 ERA in 64 relief appearances with the Yankees, striking out 71 batters in 61.1IP...opponents batted .258 (59-for-229, 5HR); LH .268 (26-for-97, 2HR), RH .250 (33-for-132, 3HR)...retired 43-of-64 first batters faced (67.2%)...prevented 23-of-33 inherited runners from scoring (69.7%)...appeared inconsecutive games 10 times and three straight gamestwice...Of his 64 relief outings, 48 were 1.0 inning or less(75.0%)...50 of his 64 outings were scoreless...Ranked seventh among all AL relievers with10.42K/9.0IP...Allowed 11ER over his first 10 appearances of theseason from 4/4-5/7 (7.1IP)...in 54 appearances from5/8 through the end of the season, posted a 2.50 ERA(54.0IP, 15ER)...held opponents scoreless in 45 of those54 outings...Tossed a season-high 2.0 scoreless IP (2BB, 2K, 1BK) in5/16 loss vs. Minnesota...faced three batters beforebeing removed from 5/29 loss vs. Cleveland with amild lower back strain (0.1IP, 1H, 2ER, 1HBP)...did notpitch for six days...Surrendered a season-high-tying 4ER and was chargedwith the loss on 7/2 vs. Toronto, allowing all 4R in the11th inning...following that outing, pitched to a 2.06ERA (35.0IP, 8ER) over the remainder of the season...Earned his first win of the season on 7/4 vs. Toronto,tossing a scoreless 10th inning (1.0IP, 1H, 1BB,1IBB, 1K)...was the first of 19 consecutive scorelessappearances from 7/4-8/21 (18.1IP, 9H, 8BB,24K)...according to Elias, held opponents hitless in23 consecutive at-bats prior to Willie Bloomquist'sninth-inning double on 8/12 at Kansas City, the longest such streak of his career...Pitched to a 2.27 ERA (31.2IP, 8ER) in 33 appearances after the All-Star break with 39strikeouts...Earned his second career save in 8/12 win at Kansas City (also 7/27/09 at Tampa Bay),recording the final out of the game...Appeared in six postseason games, allowing 6ER in 3.1IP...surrendered 5ER in 10/18ALCS Game 3 loss at Texas.
Was 2-1 with one save and a 3.30 ERA (43.2IP, 16ER) in 45 relief appearances over three stints with the Yankees (4/16; 4/24-5/9; 5/26-10/4)... opponents batted .216 (36-for-167, 4HR); LH .189 (14-for-74, 2HR), RH .237 (22-for-93, 2HR)... stranded 16-of-25 inherited runners (64.0%)... retired 34-of-45 first batters faced (75.6%)... appearedin consecutive games eight times... threw less than 1.0 inning 12 times...Had a 12.98K/9.0IP ratio (43.2IP, 63K)... among pitchers with at least 40.0IP, markedthe second-best K/9.0IP ratio in the Majors behind theDodgers' Jonathan Broxton (13.50)...Was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barreprior to the Yankees' first-ever regular season gameat Yankee Stadium on 4/16... made his first appearanceof the season in the loss that day vs. Cleveland, strikingout three batters in 2.0 scoreless innings (2H)... wasoptioned back to Scranton/WB the next day... recalleda second time on 4/24 when RHP Chien-Ming Wangwas placed on the D.L... appeared in four games (2.2IP,2H, 3R, 2ER, 4BB, 4K) before being optioned back toScranton/WB...Was recalled a third time on 5/26 and pitched out of theYankees bullpen for the remainder of the season... didnot allow a run in any of his first seven appearancesfollowing his third recall (5.0IP, 2H, 2BB, 6K)...Threw one pitch (Elvis Andrus flyout to LF) to earn hisfirst win of the season on 6/4 vs. Texas... was his secondcareer one-pitch win (also 7/22/08 vs. Minnesota)...Held opposing left-handed batters hitless in 18consecutive at-bats from 4/25-6/18... streak wassnapped in 6/23 loss at Atlanta, when he allowed asolo-HR to Brian McCann in 1.0IP (1K)... was his first HR surrendered since 8/27/08vs. Boston (Dustin Pedroia grand slam), snapping a 20.0-inning homerless span over21 relief appearances... earned his first career save on 7/27 at Tampa Bay, closing outthe final 1.1 innings (2H, 1ER, 1K, 1HR)... suffered his first Major League loss in his nextouting on 7/31 at Chicago-AL, allowing 2H and 1ER in 2.0IP (1BB, 2K)...Struck out three batters in 0.2IP in 8/6 win vs. Boston, becoming the first Yankee torecord at least three strikeouts without completing a full inning of work since RonDavis on 9/17/80 vs. Toronto (0.2IP, 3K)...Was shut down for three weeks from 9/6-28 with elbow stiffness... had an MRI on9/7 and was seen by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla., on 9/10... Dr. Andrewsrecommended 10-14 days of rest before beginning a throwing program... returnedto the mound in 9/29 win vs. Kansas City, allowing 1BB in 0.2IP (1K).
Was 4-0 with a 5.34 ERA in 25 relief appearances over two stints with the Yankees (6/28-8/28; 9/13-28)... opponents batted .257 (29-for-113, 3HR); LH .259 (14-for-54, 0HR), RH .254 (15-for-59, 3HR)... retired 16-of-25 first batters faced (64.0%)... prevented 6-of-14 inherited runners from scoring (42.9%)... pitchedin three consecutive games twice (7/13-18 and8/24-27)... tossed a season-high 2.0 innings on sixoccasions...Was signed to a Major League contract and selected tothe Yankees' 25-man roster on 6/28... made his MajorLeague debut in 6/29 loss at the Mets, allowing 1ER in2.0IP (4H, 1K)... struck out his first batter faced (OliverPerez)...Allowed just 3H and 1ER in his next 10.1IP over 10games from 7/1-26 (0.87 ERA)...Held left-handed batters hitless over 16AB from 6/29-7/21 (9G) before Luke Scott's leadoff single in the sixthon 7/28 vs. Baltimore...Tossed 2.0 scoreless innings in his first career YankeeStadium appearance in 7/1 loss vs. Texas (2BB, 3K)...Pitched a scoreless 12th inning and recorded his firstMajor League victory on 7/19 vs. Oakland (1.0IP, 1H,1BB, 1K) after Jose Molina was hit by a pitch with thebases loaded, bringing in the game-winning run...Recorded his second Major League victory (within afour-game span) on 7/22 vs. Minnesota, stranding twoinherited runners and getting the final out in the sixthon one pitch... became the seventh Major League pitcher in 2008 to throw one pitchand record a win (third in the AL)...In 7/28 loss vs. Baltimore, allowed a grand slam to Adam Jones and set a career highwith 5ER... was his first HR allowed as a professional after 148.1 career IP (minors-136.0IP from 2007-08 and Majors-12.1IP)...Allowed 16ER over 10 outings (13.1IP) from 7/28-8/27 and was optioned to Scranton/WB on 8/28...Was recalled from Scranton/WB on 9/13... did not allow a run over four appearancesin his second stint (4.2IP, 2H, 3BB, 7K)... pitched in three of the Yankees' final fourgames of the season and threw 1.0 scoreless inning in the season finale Game 2 losson 9/28 at Boston...In 53.2 combined minor league innings with Scranton/WB and Double-A Trenton,went 4-0 with three saves and a 1.67 ERA over 30 relief appearances (28H, 13R,10ER, 23BB, 77K)... opponents batted .158 (28-for-176, 1HR); LH .182 (15-for-82, 1HR),RH .125 (13-for-104, 0HR)... has averaged 12.39 K/9.0IP in his minor league career(138.0IP, 190K)...Began the 2008 season with Trenton... did not record a decision with two saves in nine appearances (0.96 ERA,18.2IP, 8H, 2ER, 1HB, 6BB, 26K)... did not allow an ER in first five appearances of the season (10.1IP, 14K)...Was promoted to Scranton/WB on 5/2... went 4-0 with a 2.06 ERA at SWB in 21 relief appearances... struckout at least one batter in 20-of-21 Scranton/WB appearances, including a season-high six in 2.1IP on 5/31 atRochester (2H)... Triple-A opponents batted .159 (20-for-126, 1HR); LH .179 (11-for-61, 1HR), RH .129 (9-for-65,0HR)... did not allow an earned run in eight appearances from 6/8-26 (14.0IP, 4H, 1R, 5BB, 22K) before beingselected by the Yankees...Made three postseason relief appearances with IL champion SWB, allowing 3ER in 4.1IP (6.23 ERA, 2H, 1HP,4BB, 6K)...Named the International League's "Best Reliever" in Baseball America's 2008 Best Tools survey.
In his first professional season, pitched at Single-A Charleston, Single-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton, combining to go 8-3 with four saves and a 0.96 ERA in 44 relief appearances (32BB, 113K)...Ranked third among minor league relievers, with a .154 opponents batting average... was named to the South Atlantic League's midseason All-Star team (w/ Charleston)... 39 of his 44 outings were 2.0 innings and all but two were more than 1.0 inning... held opponents scoreless in 35 of his appearances and did not allow a hit in 16 of his games... converted on four of five save opportunities...Was 5-2 with three saves and a 0.77 ERA (47.0IP, 4ER) in 24 appearances with Charleston... began his career with 10 consecutive scoreless outings from 4/3-5/3, allowing just 7H in 18.1IP (6BB, 27K)...Went 3-1 with one save and a 1.08 ERA with Tampa... did not allow an earned run in nine appearances at home (17.1IP, 8H, 2R, 9BB, 12K)...Made two regular season appearances with Trenton, allowing 1ER in 4.0IP (2.25 ERA)... appeared in two postseason games for the Eastern League champion Thunder, surrendering 2ER in 5.0IP (3.60 ERA) and striking out five batters.