Fernando Rodney RP SEA 5 days 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 SEA 6 days 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 SEA 4 weeks 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 SEA 4 weeks 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 SEA 1 month 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 SEA 1 month 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.

Fernando Rodney RP SEA 1 month ago

Rodney gave up a run on a hit and a walk in the ninth inning Friday against Cleveland, but still got his 14th save.

Maybe he really does relish pitching with one-run leads -- or maybe he's just so far over the hill that he's rolling down the other side. We know this: There are few other relievers in all of baseball who can get away with the kind of performance Rodney's offering right now.

Fernando Rodney RP SEA 1 month ago

Rodney gave up three runs on three hits in the ninth inning of a win over Tampa Bay.

One night after logging his 13th save of the season, Rodney pitched an awful ninth inning on Tuesday to blow the save chance. He ultimately ended up earning the win after the Mariners scored in the tenth inning to win the game. Rodney has an ugly ERA at 6.98 and it will be interesting to see if he continues to close moving forward.

Fernando Rodney RP SEA 1 month ago

Rodney logged his 13th save of the season Monday night, allowing just one hit in a scoreless ninth inning as the Mariners defeated Tampa Bay 4-1.

He is very prone to making things agonizingly interesting as demonstrated by his 5.89 ERA, but when it is time to get down to business, he puts it in gear and gets it done - he has successfully converted 13 of 14 save opportunities this year. Rodney fantasy owners, and the Mariners, are probably used to his hair-raising antics, but they tolerate it as long as he can shoot that arrow into the air when its all over.

Fernando Rodney RP SEA 1 month ago

Rodney picked up his 12th save of the season Saturday, working a rare perfect inning and striking out two.

He'd been scored upon in four straight appearances, and five of six, heading into Saturday, so a clean outing from Rodney comes as a relief to those with shares in the Mariners' volatile closer. He's walked this tightrope before and held onto his spot, but with Carson Smith looking sharp as his main set-up man, Rodney's job security seems very shaky.