Francisco Rodriguez RP DET 5 days ago

Rodriguez earned his seventh save with a scoreless ninth inning while allowing one hit Sunday at the Twins.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Rodriguez was given a one-run lead, and after retiring the first two batters, he allowed a double to Miguel Sano, who was thrown out trying to reach third base to end the game. After blowing a save in his first outing, he's now successfully converted his last seven save opportunities.

Francisco Rodriguez RP DET 1 week ago

Rodriguez recorded the final out of Thursday's game against the A's for his fifth save of the season.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Blaine Hardy made it a save situation, allowing a run to make it 7-3, with the tying run stepping into the on-deck circle. Rodriguez was called upon to end the threat and he did just that on four pitches, getting Stephen Vogt to fly out to left field. Rodriguez gave up two home runs in an outing last week, but he's now 5-for-5 in save opportunities since blowing his first save chance on Opening Night.

Francisco Rodriguez RP DET 1 week ago

Rodriguez was activated from the family medical emergency list Wednesday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Fortunately for the Tigers, Rodriguez's family emergency cleared up pretty quickly, allowing the closer to return to Detroit's bullpen after only three days away from the team. To make room for him on the 25-man roster, outfielder Tyler Collins was optioned to Triple-A Toledo.

Francisco Rodriguez RP DET 2 weeks ago

Rodriguez was placed on the family medical emergency leave list Sunday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The nature of Rodriguez's family emergency isn't quite clear, so it's difficult to project how long he'll be away from the team. More details on that front should emerge in the next day or two, but in the meantime, the Tigers figure to mix and match Mark Lowe, Alex Wilson, and Justin Wilson in the ninth inning should any save situations arise while Rodriguez is out. The Tigers recalled Matt Boyd from Triple-A Toledo to provide some reinforcements for the bullpen while Rodriguez is away.

Francisco Rodriguez RP DET 2 weeks ago

Rodriguez collected his fourth save of the year Wednesday against the Royals, but not before giving up two solo homers in the ninth inning, then issuing two walks.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Well, at least he gave up the homers before the walks. Either way, Tigers fans seem to be in for some legitimate ninth-inning heartburn this year -- in this one, K-Rod was about as bad as you can possibly be while still picking up a save. You can point to the fact that he's given up all of his five runs (and six of his seven hits) in just two of his seven appearances this year, but it's concerning that the veteran righty has gone four straight games without a strikeout. If he continues failing to miss bats, he may not be able to hold the closer role all year long.

Francisco Rodriguez RP DET 3 weeks ago

Rodriguez saved his third game with a perfect ninth inning Saturday at the Astros.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Rodriguez was given a two-run lead to protect for Justin Verlander, and he easily set the side down in order on 11 pitches. After giving up three runs in his first outing of the year, he's now shut down opponents in each of his last five appearances.

Francisco Rodriguez RP DET 3 weeks ago

Rodriguez pitched a perfect ninth against the Pirates on Thursday to earn his second save of the season.

Competitive Edge Analysis

In four appearances since his disastrous 2016 debut, the 34-year-old has picked up two saves while allowing just one hit in 3.1 innings of work. Rodriguez has now pitched three consecutive days, so he may be passed over if another save opportunity arises Friday against the Astros.

Francisco Rodriguez RP DET 3 weeks ago

Rodriguez closed out the game against Pittsburgh in a non-save situation by pitching a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Rodriguez surrendered one hit and struck out one batter in his inning of relief. He continues to bounce back from a rough outing to start the season, as he lowered his ERA to 11.57 after posting the scoreless inning. He has one save in three relief appearances so far for the Tigers in 2016.

Francisco Rodriguez RP DET 1 month ago

Rodriguez recorded the final out of Wednesday's game against Miami to earn his first save of the season.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Manager Brad Ausmus called upon Rodriguez with one run in and two players on base in the ninth with the Tigers holding a 7-3 lead. Rodriguez walked Christian Yelich to bring up Giancarlo Stanton with the bases loaded, but Rodriguez got Stanton swinging to end the threat. He blew a save in disastrous fashion in his Tigers debut Tuesday, but the 34-year-old got the job done Wednesday and appears fairly secure in the closer role.

Francisco Rodriguez RP DET 1 month ago

Rodriguez blew his first save attempt Tuesday against the Marlins, as he gave up three runs on four hits in a full inning.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Tigers managed to come back and win it in the 11th -- too late for Rodriguez to steal the victory. Rodriguez induced three swinging strikes in his 19 pitches, but he couldn't get them when they counted. He didn't get a single ground ball in the seven-batter inning, and the Marlins touched him up for three doubles. Rodriguez gave up 20 home runs in 2014 and 2015 as Milwaukee's closer. If his stuff slips at all in 2016, his propensity for allowing hard hit balls may be too much for his nasty movement and strikeout ability to cancel out.