Man, could that image get any better, in relation to Rodney anyway? The guy in teal getting his block knocked off!!
Some numbers you probably know:
1. Since the end of April, Rodney has inherited 14 save situations; he has given up 0 runs only 4 times. He pitched exactly 1 inning in the 1st 13 appearances and then just 1/3 last night. So he's pitched 13 1/3 innings in save situations, beginning on May 1st.
2. Uh....he's been terrible. in 13.1 innings, he's given up 16 earned runs, 20 hits and 9 BB's. That's an ERA of 10.3 and a WHIP of 2.16. The horror! The horror!
3. He's had 37 appearance over that time, in only 7 of them has he not allowed a basernner, pitching clean. 1 of those was 1/3 of an inning and 1 was 2/3.
4. Season long, he's had only 6 Blown Saves (to go with his 16 Saves, the last on July 5th). He got the win in 1 of those games, the loss in another. The M's went 1-3 in the other 4.
5. However, he was 7-8 in Save Opps. in April, so he's only been 9-14 since May 1. Eeeeek!
6. You could say that Rodney has 4 losses and blew 3 other games we subsequently lost. You could say he's cost the M's 7 games. You could say that...but it isn't quite correct, in that any closer pitches in high leverage situations where a bad inning means a likley loss. Mariano Rivera would have a BS or two, and a loss or two. So, despite his terrible performance, he's probably cost the M's 2-3 games, total....above and beyond a front line closer. But give us 3 more wins and 3 fewer losses and we're sniffing at the WC race.
7. Rodney has been terrible. But he has not single handedly doomed this team, although it frequently feels like it.
That's that. Stick him at the enp of the pen, Lloyd....he's not coming back so let's see what the younger guys have.
Speaking of younger guys, who should get the call (soon) from Tacoma:
1. Ramon Flores? Calling up Flores now depends on whether you see him as your likely CF next year or not, chich may depend on how you see Marte. In Marte I'm seeing a pesky slapper and that is about it. Bill James wrote, years ago, that 2B's power in young guys often turns into some HR power later. I'm not seeeing that kind of swing. You? Oh, he will get some down-the-line 2B's and some gapper speed-based 2B's, but I'm not seeing a great indication that he's going to hit the ball over the fence more than a couple of times a year. In 791 AA/AAA AB's, he hit 7 HR's, with 53 2B/3B's). To hie credit, he did hit over .300 at both levels. He walked about 40 pts. He better bring a Motor Mouth Blair glove to CF, if he's your man. Is he better than Jones? Is he a better utility option than a guy like O'Malley? Right now, I'm saying No and No to those propositions. But I started this one about Flores: It is unlikley that Marte is a better bat than Flores: Flores only averaged about .268 at AA/AAA, but he did hit 21 HR's in 1069 AB's, w/69 2B/3B's. And he walked 94-95 pts. He'll be more likley to hurt you with the bat. Both are CF glove works in progress, but right now gimme Flores. Granted he isn't as flexible because he doesn't play 2B/SS, but in Taylor we have one of those guys. Our CF question (if we don't sign one) may come down to Flores vs. Jones. Jones has has 324 MLB AB's and has yet to hit the ball over the fence. He's also walked 14 times to 73 K's. Gimme Flores on this one, too. Of course, that is if he has the glvoe for it. A ark horse here is Kivlehan in CF. He has pop, does he have the glove? Anyway, I'm calling up Flores pretty soon....assuming Marte is only a pesky slapper with a so-so CF glove.
2. Logan Morrison is mostly of little value for the rest of the year. We're going to invest (or we better) in a whole bunch of Montero AB's and that leaves Morrison out. If I'm sending Marte back down (with the Flores promotion), then I'm calling O'Malley up (we would need to clear 40-man space for him). He switch hits, plays everywhere and rips lefties. He is the kind of guy that can really help a roster. Let's see him for a while. Morrison? If we don't know what we have there then we haven't been paying attention. Does he have options left? If not, figure out a DL method.
3. Stefen Romero? Romero has done everything you would want a slugger type to do at AAA: He's hit .300+. slugged more than .500 and, per 600 AB's, hit 42 2B's, 7 3B's and 24 HR's. His AAA numbers are as good as Montero's, minus his Eye and K rate (which are important numbers). Montero has a 1/2 Eye and Romero 1/3. Montero K's in about 10% of his AAA AB's, Romero in 20%. But finding a place for Romero is hard right now. He's a bit of the left out guy. If Guti gets tweaked, I'm giving Romero his AB's.
4. Guape is terrible. Let's look at Forrest Snow. Or J.C. Ramirez. Or look at them both and release Rodney.
5. Finally, release Baker, demote Sucre (who appears to be a terrific bench guy...but a terrible bat) and give Hicks a start or two. Why the heck not.
6. If you assume that 88 wins gets you a WC spot (and it might not), then we need to go 38-15 the rest of the way. It isn't happening. Let's see what the young guys have.