3 Mets overreactions from opening day weekend
NY Mets Overreaction #3: David Robertson will be one of the best closers in baseball
Mets fans worldwide felt the sky collapse on them when Edwin Diaz was announced to be out for the season following an injury during the World Baseball Classic. Losing him for 2023 is a gut punch, but luckily for the Mets they already had another former All-Star closer on their roster.
David Robertson was lights out in his first two appearances, allowing just one hit and three strikeouts over two innings. Buck Showalter trusted him to earn the save on Opening Day, and he responded with a 1-2-3 inning to start the season off right.
One of Robertson's biggest issues has been his command. He managed to go his first two games without a walk, and if he can keep that in control, he can be an elite level closer. Combine that with expectations that the Mets will win over 90 games, and Robertson will be receiving plenty of chances to boost his save count and reinsert himself as one of the best closers in the sport.
Edwin Diaz was arguably the best closer in baseball last season, so asking Robertson to match up to that performance would be asking too much. However, Robertson has the skill set and opportunity to make a greater name for himself this season, and if opening weekend was any indication, he has all the tools necessary to be great for the Mets this season.