Michelle Ioannou, Editor
Bartolo Colon will hold this title when he returns to the team in July. It’ll be the happiest surprise to fans everywhere, and to the team too of course. And obviously he’ll be the dominant, consistent pitcher he’s been in the past.
But I guess I need to pick a player that’s actually currently on the team. I could easily say Jay Bruce as many fans have no expectations for him, so it’s quite easy to just go up from there. But, I’m going to go with Hansel Robles for this one.
No, I admit it, I have never been the biggest Robles fan. But, with the chance of Jeurys Familia getting suspended, I do think Robles will show himself. Yes, Addison Reed will probably get the closer spot while Familia’s out, but Robles will get more action coming his way as well. He’s already been pretty good at eating innings up, and this will have to continue and become even stronger.
He did have a rougher 2016 season, pitching 77.2 innings, with a 6-4 record and a 3.48 ERA. He struck out 9.8 batters per 9 innings, but walked 4.2 per 9 as well. And yes, I’m still a bit scarred from August when he gave up 15 runs in 13 games.
But Robles did have his first major league save on September 23rd of this past season against the Phillies. More of this to come?
Plus, in addition to all this, Robles is one year away from arbitration eligibility. He’ll be wanting to show himself because of this.
Yes, Robles has been hot and has been cold. But for all the above reasons, I think he’ll surprise us and be a bit more hot this season.
Hansel. So hot right now.