Fernando Rodney’s arrow not as high as his ERA
Fernando Rodney was at it again on Tuesday night. He strolled to the mound with the Mariners’ 6-3 lead over the Tampa Bay Rays, and ready to fire his arrow deep into the night. But, like many of his other closing chances this season, he gave up the lead and almost took a loss. Sure, Rodney still picked up the win, thanks to the hot bat of 3B Kyle Seager. But, he had to fire his arrow from the dugout because Joe Beimel came in to shut the door on the Rays, and pick up the save.
The only thing flying higher than the arrow in Fernando Rodney’s quiver is his ERA and WHIP. After last night’s game, Rodney has a 6.98 ERA and 1.71 WHIP to go with a 2-2 record in 2015. He has proven to be wildly ineffective this season, and the Mariners really need to look at their current closer situation before it costs them any more wins.
When Seattle signed Rodney, they knew that he could be wild at times, but nothing like what has occurred in 2015. After seeing him tie his career high in saves last season (48), Rodney has 13 saves this year. But, he already has blown two saves, which is one less than all of last season. Seattle’s pitching, as a whole, has struggled this season, but it is important to have a consistent closer pitching for you.
Fernando Rodney’s inconsistent play has forced the Mariners’ into a tight spot. Do they keep him as the team’s closer or do they shake things up a bit? A demotion might sour Rodney and his confidence, but at the same time, it is important to keep the team in the playoff race and not blow any more leads in games. In my opinion, they need to remove Rodney from the closer role, even if temporarily. The Mariners have other relief pitchers with closer-type stuff, and they cannot do any worse than Rodney has so far this season. Two candidates that could potentially take the closer spot in Seattle are Tom “The Bartender” Wilhelmsen and Carson Smith. Wilhelmsen has been the Mariners’ closer before, but was demoted when they signed Fernando Rodney.
Whatever decision Seattle makes on the closer role is, it needs to be done as of yesterday. Rodney cannot continue to cost this team, and he should be moved down a notch or two so that he can figure out what the problem is in 2015. Focusing on mechanics has never hurt a player, but it needs to take precedence over shooting arrows into the sky.
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Dustin Brown covers the Seattle Mariners and MLB for MFST, and you can follow him on Twitter @SprtsWritingMan.