Coke vs. Robertson: Who Will Have The Better Career?

After the somewhat surprisingly successful first installment of the WWHTBC series, it’s time to break out round two.

This week, we’ve got Phil Coke going up against David Robertson.  Both started the season with the Trenton Thunder, and both got to the big leagues in 2008 with the Yankees.  Not only that, both made an impact.

But who will go on to have the better career?

Please vote in this poll, and share your thoughts as to why you voted the way you did in the comments section.  There is no wrong answer here…


The Coke File

Age: 26
Height: 6′ 1″
Weight: 210 lbs.

2008 Stats:

AA: 9-4, 2.51 ERA, 23 G/20 GS, 39 BB/115 K
AAA: 2-2, 4.67 ERA, 14 G/1 GS, 5 BB/22 K
MLB: 1-0, 0.61 ERA 12 G/0 GS, 2 BB/14 K

Pros: One of the few left-handed options who is big league ready, mentality, versatility
Cons: Experience at the higher levels


The Robertson File

Age: 23
Height: 5′ 11″
Weight: 180 lbs.

2008 Stats:

AA: 0-0, 2 SV, 0.96 ERA, 9 GP, 6 BB/26 K
AAA: 4-0, 1 SV, 2.06 ERA, 21 GP, 17 BB/51 K
MLB: 4-0, 0 SV, 5.34 ERA, 25 GP, 15 BB/36 K

Pros: Curveball, college pedigree, rarely gives up the longball
Cons: Overall experience, consistency at the big league level

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10 Responses to “Coke vs. Robertson: Who Will Have The Better Career?”

  1. Rafi Says:

    I voted for Robertson since he’s clearly got the stuff to be a late-inning reliever, and while there’s a chance that Coke can make it as a starter, he’ll prob. end up closer to a middle reliever. Besides, that curveball is just plain filthy

  2. Anonymous Says:


    He’s 3 years younger and IMO, has better stuff. Especially that sick curveball. In the big leauges, it seemed like he was either really on or really off, but when he was on, he was good, and I expect him to get more consistent with experience.

  3. stefan Says:

    I voted for Robertson, based pretty much on stuff alone. Coke may be left-handed, but doesn’t really have that out pitch. While both pitchers are good at hitting the mid-90s on the radar, let’s face it, that Robertson curve IS pretty darn filthy/sick.

    Sure, the ERA wasn’t great, but Robertson showed a lot of potential in his short stints, pitching in some high-leverage situations and getting some key outs. Even though Coke’s numbers look better, one could argue that Coke had the advantage of facing September batters and playing mostly in games that didn’t matter anymore.

    Both pitchers have a chance to be good, and Coke has a chance to go far simply because he’s left-handed and throws above 90mph. But in terms of the better career? I’m going with Mr. Robertson.

  4. dcn29 Says:

    I’d go with Coke having the longer career just because he’s a lefty, but Robertson will be better overall.

  5. dcn29 Says:

    Good question though, I really had to think about it.

  6. thunderbaseball Says:

    Here are Coke’s pitcher vs. batter numbers:;_ylt=Aqc8h_Ek9HHk.cMxMugp2paFCLcF

    As much as it pains me to say it, the only garbage outs he seemed to get were against a few September call-ups from…gasp, Boston. Other than, he seemed to have faced some pretty legit guys.

    Ultimately, I make it a point to not answer my own questions and try to come up with interesting “matchups” that make people think. I’m more curious to see why people are picking the way they are, so I’m glad that you expanded on your thought process as much as you did.

  7. thunderbaseball Says:

    And I would think, that especially with the Yankees most recent shopping spree, that Coke is more or less going to have to be a reliever. Even if a starter or two go down because of injury (A.J. Burnett on line two) Phil Hughes or Ian Kennedy would likely be ahead of Coke on getting the first call-up.

  8. David Mac Says:

    Coke made the jump and did the job. He’s fearless, too.

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