Fernando Rodney RP CHC 1 month ago

Rodney threw a scoreless inning in his Cubs debut Friday against the Dodgers.

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Fernando Rodney RP CHC 2 months ago

The Seattle Mariners designated relief pitcher Fernando Rodney for assignment Saturday, a day after he was charged with three runs on two hits and a walk to bloat his ERA to 5.68, according to the Seattle Times. Rodney struggled all season, losing the closer job in late May. He seemed to be pitching better in August after the team thought he might have been tipping his pitches, but his last two outings were again poor. Rodney's strikeout and walk rates regressed this year, but he was not that much different from last year when he put runners on in 34 of his 51 save opportunities. This year, though, his strand rate fell from 79.1 percent to a 64.7 percent. "I'm not surprised," Rodney said. "I know when you don't do your job and what you are supposed to do that something is coming. I think I've been waiting for the moment."

Fernando Rodney RP CHC 3 months ago

Rodney has not earned back the closer job despite closing Sunday's game for his 16th save of the season, the Seattle Times reports.

Manager Lloyd McClendon said he went to Rodney instead of Carson Smith because of matchups. McClendon continues to insist that he wants Rodney to regain the job full time, but as long as the committee approach continues to work, there doesn't seem to be much reason for the Mariners to change course.

Fernando Rodney RP CHC 3 months ago

Rodney worked around a hit and a walk durin a scoreless ninth inning Sunday against the Athletics to earn his 16th save of the season.

As per usual, Rodney made it a bit harder than it had to be, but he was able to shut the door on his ninth straight scoreless appearance. The 38-year-old has still not been named the Mariners' official closer, but he has earned two saves in his last four appearances and should eventually win back the role if he can continue to convert.

Fernando Rodney RP CHC 3 months ago

Rodney's save opportunity Friday, his first since May 29, does not mean he has regained the role, which will continue to be situational, the Seattle Times reports.

Manager Lloyd McClendon said he used interim closer Carson Smith in the eighth inning Friday against the Angels' Albert Pujols and Mike Trout because he wanted to use his best reliever in the most important spot of the game. Kudos to McClendon for not managing by the save rule. Smith, Rodney, Charlie Furbush and Mark Lowe could see save chances based on matchups and situations. Eventually, though, McClendon said he'd like to see Rodney return to ninth-inning duty. "That's my hope," Mclendon said. "But I don't know if that's going to happen or when it's going to happen. For right now, we'll keep doing what we're doing."

Fernando Rodney RP CHC 3 months ago

Rodney returned to the ninth inning Friday against the Angels, striking out two and working around a hit for his 15th save.

The stop was Rodney's first since May 29, but this isn't necessarily the way of things moving forward -- Carson Smith was called upon to face Albert Pujols and Mike Trout in the eighth, while Rodney got to pick on the bottom of the Angels' lineup. Nonetheless, the situation is worth monitoring for owners of both bullpen arms.

Fernando Rodney RP CHC 4 months ago

Rodney, who was bypassed for Carson Smith in the ninth inning Saturday, will get some time off from closing to work on his mechanics, manager Lloyd McClendon said after the game.

Rodney has allowed a run in nine of his last 13 appearances, including game-winning homer Friday in a scoreless game. McClendon has steadfastly stood by Rodney, but that was apparently too much. Smith set down the side in order for his first career save. McClendon said other relievers could also be used in save situations until Rodney gets back.

Fernando Rodney RP CHC 4 months ago

Rodney (2-3) gave up the game-winning homer to Tampa'S Logan Forsythe in the ninth inning of Friday's 1-0 loss.

Rodney has been giving up runs like it's going out of style this year, and especially lately -- he's been scored on in nine of his last 13 appearances. It's time to check on whether Carson Smith is available on your waiver wire, as Rodney has simply been an unmitigated disaster as the Mariners' closer this year.

Fernando Rodney RP CHC 4 months ago

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon maintained that Rodney will remain the closer despite his poor start and another bad outing Tuesday.

McClendon doesn't yet believe that Carson Smith is ready to be an alternative to Rodney. "Rodney has struggled a little bit," McClendon said. "So has everybody else. But the fact is, he's our closer. We need him. We're going to need him to be successful. People talk very lightly about changing closers, and that's fine. But you have to have somebody to do it. You don't just throw anybody in the ninth inning and say, 'Well, let him do it.'"

Fernando Rodney RP CHC 4 months ago

Rodney gave up a run on two hits and a walk Tuesday against the Yankees for his third blown save this season, as many has he had all last year.

In 23 appearances this season, Rodney has allowed baserunners in 17. He's allowed a run in 10 outings. He's had one clean outing in his last 12 appearances. Rodney was similarly shaky last season; he just had better luck. Rodney was sure to blow more saves this season, but even if he doubles last year's number, the Mariners would take it considering his high-WHIP ways. It will take a few more meltdowns before the Mariners consider replacing him.