5 Possible Replacements for Mariners’ Closer Fernando Rodney
Apr 15, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Danny Farquhar in the eighth inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Dodgers won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Danny Farquhar is currently the set-up man in the Mariners’ bullpen, and thus represents the most logical choice to supplant Rodney as the closer. Farquhar has been reasonably effective out of the gate this season for Seattle, registering a 2.84 ERA across his first 6.1 innings pitched. Lord Farquhar is averaging just 7.1 strikeouts per 9 innings, but his 1.4 walks per 9 innings speaks to his tremendous command.
The 28-year-old right-hander has put together a pair of very impressive campaigns in the Emerald City. Farquhar has gone 3-4 with a 3.32 ERA across 133.0 career innings in a Mariners’ uniform. He has averaged 11.2 strikeouts per 9 innings, and has issued just 3.0 walks per 9 innings. His 2.40 FIP is noteworthy, as is his 1.150 WHIP. Farquhar also has saved 17 ballgames for the Mariners since his arrival in 2013.
Danny Farquhar is the name on this list that makes the most sense right now. I still believe Carson Smith is the guy to watch as the season progresses, but Farquhar’s mix of production and consistency make him an ideal candidate to take over for the slumping Rodney.
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