When David Robertson agreed to a two-year contract with the Phillies, Gabe Kapler added a stable veteran presence to his burgeoning stable of high leverage arms. Robertson won eight and saved five games for the Yankees last year with a 3.23 ERA, 2.97 ERA and 1.03 ERA. Trying to discern how Kapler will map out his usage patterns in the late innings, Philadelphia recorded 44 saves as a team last year with nine different pitchers garnering at least one. Only Seranthony Dominguez (16) and Héctor Neris (11) reached double digits. However, as a team, the Phillies generated 64 save opportunities which leaves room for improvement.

This fact alone suggests even though Kapler will not use a primary closer, having Robertson in the bullpen could stabilize a volatile unit. Over the last three years, Robertson’s saved 57 games between his time with the White Sox and the Yankees along with registering 29 holds. He’s also won 22 games with a 2.82 ERA, 3.01, a 1.07 WHIP, 22.6 strikeouts minus...