Francisco Rodriguez
RP DET
5 days ago

Rodriguez (3-4) uncharacteristically fell apart in the ninth inning Saturday against the Royals, giving up five earned runs on four hits and a walk over two-thirds of an inning. He also recorded a strikeout.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran closer blew his fifth save of the season by giving up five runs on a two-RBI double to Paulo Orlando and a go-ahead three-run homer to Eric Hosmer. Rodriguez had posted five straight scoreless outings and converted seven consecutive save opportunities before Saturday's outing. He's now 44-for-49 in save chances on the season.

Francisco Rodriguez
RP DET
7 days ago

Rodriguez pitched a perfect ninth with a strikeout for save No. 44 in Thursday's win over the Twins.

EDGE Analysis

K-Rod's fantasy owners have enjoyed a pile of saves this year, as he's still done a bang-up job as Detroit's closer despite not really living up to his nickname anymore. Indeed, his whiffs are down and his walks are up on the whole, and yet Rodriguez has been as effective as ever. He's also being used extremely efficiently by manager Brad Ausmus, almost never getting wasted on low-leverage situations -- the 34-year-old has recorded a win, loss or save in 30 straight appearances dating back to late June.

Francisco Rodriguez
RP DET
2 weeks ago

Rodriguez made things interesting by walking two to put the tying run on base Monday, but nailed down his 41st save in the end.

EDGE Analysis

Rodriguez has saved 41 of 45 chances on the year, and now has 427 career saves, fourth most all-time. He has found success in 2016 by throwing his change-up a lot more, throwing it a whopping 43% of the time. It's no surprise either, as his average fastball velocity has dipped below 90 mph for the first time in his career. Such adaptation has allowed Rodriguez to maintain an impressive 2.70 ERA in his age-34 season.

Francisco Rodriguez
RP DET
3 weeks ago

Rodriguez notched his 40th save in Friday's 4-3 victory over the Orioles, firing a perfect ninth inning.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran closer disposed of the Orioles in 15 pitches to nail down the one-run victory. Rodriguez has posted scoreless appearances in nine of his last 10 trips to the mound and has now hit the 40-save mark for the second time in the last three seasons.

Francisco Rodriguez
RP DET
3 weeks ago

Rodriguez gave up a run but struck out two in the 11th to lock down his 39th save Monday against the White Sox.

EDGE Analysis

It was nearly 30 pitches of terror for Rodriguez, who had been warmed up multiple times in the extra-innings affair, but he managed to strike out Tyler Saladino to polish things off. Rodriguez is now just one away from his sixth 40-save season, his second in the past three years.

Francisco Rodriguez
RP DET
4 weeks ago

Rodriguez pitched a scoreless ninth inning on one hit to record his 38th save of the year Sunday against the Royals.

EDGE Analysis

After blowing his fourth save of the season Friday, Rodriguez rebounded nicely to earn his 38th save in 42 chances on the season while posting a 2.68 ERA. The 34-year-old is showing few signs of slowing down, as he's saved at least 38 games in each of the last three seasons.

Francisco Rodriguez
RP DET
4 weeks ago

Rodriguez blew the save Friday, but the Tigers offense bailed him out, and he captured the victory in the 7-6 win over Kansas City.

EDGE Analysis

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus called upon Rodriguez in the eighth with runners on second and third, two outs and a one-run lead, but Paulo Orlando's single scored two runs. Detroit then answered with two runs in the top of the ninth to retake the lead, and Rodriguez retired the side in order in the bottom of the frame. Those two runs were charged to Rodriguez, so he hasn't yielded a run in his last 7.2 innings.

Francisco Rodriguez
RP DET
1 month ago

Rodriguez threw a scoreless ninth for his 37th save Monday against the White Sox.

EDGE Analysis

Rodriguez continues to find ways to succeed without striking batters out. His 7.9 K/9 ranks him just 97th out of 147 qualified relievers this season, but he is 37-of-40 (92.5 percent) in save opportunities this year. The lack of whiffs hurts fantasy owners somewhat, but he has been reliable enough this year to make it easy to ignore. He didn't need a strikeout Monday night either, as he put down the White Sox in order with just nine pitches.

Francisco Rodriguez
RP DET
1 month ago

Rodriguez notched his second save in as many nights, his 36th overall, by firing 1.1 innings of scoreless ball against the Angels in Friday's 4-2 victory. He issued one walk and recorded a pair of strikeouts.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran closer wiggled out of trouble in the eighth after having been called in with two outs and Kole Calhoun on second. Rodriguez made things interesting by issuing a walk to Mike Trout and then moving both he and Calhoun up a base with a wild pitch. He was able to then induce an inning-ending groundout from Albert Pujols before getting through the ninth in relatively easy fashion. The 34-year-old has now converted four consecutive save chances after blowing his third save of the season back on Aug. 9 against the Mariners.

Francisco Rodriguez
RP DET
1 month ago

Rodriguez struck out two Twins in a clean inning Thursday to pick up his 35th save of the season.

EDGE Analysis

Thursday marked the first clean appearance Rodriguez has thrown since July 25, ending a season-high eight-game stretch in which he allowed a base runner. It also was the first time in seven games that Rodriguez notched a strikeout, ending the longest drought of its kind in his 15-year career. Needless to say, the veteran has struggled a bit this month, blowing a save and being tagged with two loses while tallying more walks (four) than strikeouts (three).