Sunday, July 27, 2008
Words cannot express the relief Tigers fans feel after Jim Leyland announced that Rodney would be taking over closing duties "for the time being" this afternoon. After two ugly outings upon his return from the disabled list in June, Rodney has an impressive 1.98 ERA with 12 strikeouts and 5 walks in 12 appearances. Opponents are only batting .146 against him over that stretch, with a woeful .491 OPS (woeful for the batters, that is). He possesses a mid-90s fastball and one of the best changeups in the game, which should make him a great fit in the closer role. Hopefully he keeps up his hot streak, and Tigers fans aren't subjected to The Todd Jones Experience any more.
Amateur photoshop comparison between Todd Jones and Fernando Rodney:
I rest my case.
Rodney takes over closing duties (MLB.com)
Fernando Rodney 2008 Pitching Gamelogs (baseball-reference.com)