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Lets focus on the seventh, eighth and ninth innings.
Rafael Soriano might have been the most disappointing pitcher in the majors in 2011 but he did show that he could handle seventh inning duties by posting a 1.93ERA in the postseason, albeit in only 4.2 innings of work.
Soriano is still has closer stuff and to have a player like that pitching in the seventh innings is a luxury the Yankees will need to lean on due to the rotation issues.
David Robertson burst onto the scene last year by posting a 1.08ERA and striking out 100 batters in 66.2 innings. He is the heir apparent of Mariano Rivera but until then he is the best set-up man in the majors.
Perhaps his most impressive stat is his 0.25ERA on the road. Expect him to show that "Houdini" is no fluke by having a very similar season in 2012.
The best reliever of all-time, and perhaps the greatest pitcher of our generation, will once again be closing the door in the 9th inning. He once again posted an ERA under 2.00, a WHIP under 0.90 and saved 40 games.
But the question is how much longer can he go? In a perfect world he and Derek Jeter would retire at the same time, but Rivera will not wait if he no longer thinks he can dominate.
One thing is for sure, he will be pitching in New York in 2012 but will he sign another deal after the season is anybody's guess.