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Apr 27, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Fernando Rodney (56) pitches against the Texas Rangers during the ninth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Seattle Mariners defeated the Texas Rangers 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Fernando Rodney is Back

I have been hard on Fernando Rodney during the first month of the 2015 season, but he has turned things around as of late. As always, Rodney made it interesting in the 9th tonight. After getting Mitch Moreland to ground out, Elvis Andrus singled to right field. Rodney got Shin-Soo Choo swinging for the second out, but then walked Rougned Odor. However, Rodney tightroped out of danger by retiring Robinson Chirinos to end the Rangers’ threat and the game.

After blowing 2 of his first 4 save opportunities, Rodney has now pitched 5 consecutive scoreless frames for Seattle. The 38-year-old has also gone 3 for 3 in save opportunities during that stretch. His 8 to 6 strikeout to walk ratio is still disturbing, but he is getting the job done these days.

The calls for a new closer have quieted down lately, and they will not return anytime soon if Fernando Rodney can keep pitching he way he has been over the last 10 days. I still have significant doubts about Rodney this season, but I cannot dispute the fact that he is pitching effectively right now.

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