Even if the 26-year-old makes you want to rip the hair out of your head on occasions, you have to commend him for gutting out two strong innings to seal the win for the Metropolitans early Friday morning.
Pitching in four consecutive games, Hansel Robles came on for the 15th and 16th innings as the last available pitcher out of the bullpen in the Mets eventual defeat of the Marlins 9-8 in a game that lasted almost six hours.
What was really impressive about Robles’ dauntless performance is that he was effectively able to stymie the most dangerous hitters in the Marlins lineup from knotting the game back up after Travis d’Arnaud‘s solo home run in the top of the 16th.
Despite having pitched the three days prior, Robles volunteered to enter the game. Should he have declined, Rene Rivera would have pitched and this would be a whole different article.
Whether he actually did or not, Robles said he felt good and was ready to pitch and while his command was lacking, he was the cherry atop the wacky ice cream sundae that was this game.
Robles who has appeared in seven out of the Mets first ten games and just a day prior, had Mets fans cursing at their television sets for surrendering a grand slam to Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco, but like I said, that’s the Robles method.
It’s funny, I see a lot of similarities in Hansel Robles that I saw in Bartolo Colon. The guy can go out there and get shelled and not bat an eye. He works up a lot of guile and works through the adversity he is presented with.
In my book, Thursday night/Friday morning helped establish Robles as a fan favorite. Someone who takes one for the team and goes out there and pitches. He’s quiet and gritty and I love it, even if sometimes he makes me want to scream.