“A lot of guys throw so hard now that the hitters are just geared up for a fastball,” Robertson said. “So for me, I have to be a little sneakier and I have to put a little more break on the ball and try to be smart.”
Robertson carried the biggest burden of the Yankees’ bullpen relay after the Twins clobbered starter Luis Severino. In conjunction with Chad Green, Tommy Kahnle and Aroldis Chapman, Robertson helped the Yankees throw eight and two-thirds innings of relief against the Twins, a figure they have matched just once before in the postseason: Game 6 of the 1958 World Series.
That day, facing elimination on the road against the Milwaukee Braves, Manager Casey Stengel pulled Whitey Ford in the second inning, leaving Art Ditmar, Ryne Duren and Bob Turley to finish up a 10-inning victory. Turley, who got the last out, came back in relief the next day to win the title. But don’t expect an encore from Robertson on Thursday; Joe Girardi, the Yankees’ manager, said he would probably need two days of rest.
“We have a wonderful mix down there,” Girardi said. “I pushed some guys a little bit further than I would like tonight, but it’s win or go home, and…