|2013 Season (CBSSports.com)||72.00||3.00||3.00||39.00||2.50||1.02||70.00||19.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs Toronto|| 2.1||0||1|| 7.71||0||2||3|
|vs LHB|| 9.1||0||0|| 3.86||0||10||14|
|vs RHB|| 7.0||0||0|| 6.43||0||5||9|
|05/21/2013||Curtis Granderson, LF NYY|
C.J. Wilson, SP LAA
Jim Henderson, RP MIL
Ryan Dempster, SP BOS
|Francisco Liriano, SP PIT|
Carlos Gomez, CF MIL
Fernando Rodney, RP TB
Wandy Rodriguez, SP PIT
|05/21/2013||Jon Lester, SP BOS|
Travis d'Arnaud, C NYM
Matt Carpenter, 2B STL
|Fernando Rodney, RP TB|
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS CLE
Jose Bautista, RF TOR
|05/21/2013||Victor Martinez, DH DET||Fernando Rodney, RP TB|
|Last 10 Games|
|Fernando Rodney notches eighth save|
|by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com|
(5/19/13) Rays closer Fernando Rodney allowed Chris Davis to hit a fly ball to just inches from the center field wall Sunday in Baltimore. Thankfully, that was the closest the Orioles came to scoring off the closer.
Rodney went 1-2-3 in the ninth inning to hold off the Orioles for the 3-1 win. He earned his eighth save as he needed 10 pitches. His ERA is at 4.96.
The 36-year-old rebounded from blowing his third save in his last appearance against Boston May 16. He's been a little shaky this season, but he recorded the outs he needed Sunday.
|Job security is Fernando Rodney's friend|
|by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer|
(5/17/13) Worried about Fernando Rodney? It's simple, really: The 36-year-old flamethrower won't get back to being the closer he was last year if he continues to walk batters at his current rate. And even if he walks them at half that rate, he's only back to where he was in his Tigers days.
What allowed Rodney to take a dramatic leap forward last year was his markedly improved control. He issued just 1.8 walks per nine innings. His previous best was 3.5. Not only did it keep runners off base, but it allowed him to use his best pitch, the changeup, more effectively.
So if he wants to get back to being that pitcher, he has a long way to go. That's the bad news. The good news -- and the reason I still rank him 18th among relief pitchers -- is that the Rays don't have any obvious alternatives if he continues to struggle. Joel Peralta is a possibility, but as a 37-year-old career setup man, he's a remote one.
|Joe Maddon gives Fernando Rodney vote of confidence|
|by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com|
(5/17/13) Rays manager Joe Maddon said he's "not really concerned yet" about closer Fernando Rodney, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Rodney blew the save in Thursday's game against Boston as he walked four batters and allowed three runs to score. His ERA ballooned to 5.28 as a result, and he has already given up four more earned runs this year (nine) than he did last year.
However, given Rodney's success last year and the good run he was on before Thursday's outing -- a 2.08 ERA and seven saves in eight chances over his last 13 outings -- it will likely take a few more disasters to unseat him.
|Fernando Rodney collapses in the ninth|
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
(5/17/13) Rays closer Fernando Rodney, who had recorded saves in three straight appearances, took a step back as he blew his third save and suffered his second loss of the season Thursday night against the Red Sox.
Rodney, who entered the game in the ninth with a two-run lead, struck out two and walked the bases loaded before surrendering a bases-clearing double to Will Middlebrooks that lost the game for the Rays.
Rodney walked four and struck out two as he was charged with three runs on one hit over two-thirds of an inning in a 4-3 defeat. His ERA rose from 3.68 to 5.28 after his ninth inning collapse on Thursday.
|Fernando Rodney rolling for Rays|
|by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com|
(5/14/13) Rays closer Fernando Rodney earned his seventh save on Tuesday at home against the Red Sox. Rodney went 1-2-3 in the ninth inning over 16 pitches.
The Tampa Bay closer struck out the side against the Red Sox with 11 of his pitches going for strikes. His ERA is 3.68.
The 36-year-old closer has recorded saves in three straight appearances and has at least two strikeouts in six of his last seven.
|When the Rays opted to go with Fernando Rodney as their closer early in the 2012 season, it seemed like an experiment doomed to fail. The Rays began the year with the intention of using a committee to replace incumbent closer Kyle Farnsworth, who was nursing an elbow injury, but Rodney quickly separated himself from the pack. He brushed aside his history of wildness, which contributed to five consecutive seasons with 4.00-plus ERAs, and reportedly, changing his placement on the pitching rubber made a world of difference in his command. The strike-throwing version of Rodney posted a pristine 0.60 ERA and 0.78 WHIP and converted 48 of 50 save chances. While he may have been one of the last relievers you would have trusted with a roster spot in standard mixed leagues a year ago, he is now one of the top 10 options among relief-eligible pitchers. (Updated 1/2/13)|
|Upcoming 7 Games|
|5/21/13||@ TOR||7:07 pm||Ramon Ortiz|
|5/22/13||@ TOR||4:37 pm||Mark Buehrle|
|5/24/13||NYY||7:10 pm||David Phelps|
|5/25/13||NYY||4:10 pm||CC Sabathia|
|5/26/13||NYY||1:40 pm||Phil Hughes|
|5/27/13||MIA||3:10 pm||Jose Fernandez|
|5/28/13||MIA||7:10 pm||Kevin Slowey|
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