Mariners Analysis: Who’s Hot and Who’s Not
Jun 5, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Logan Forsythe (11) jogs around the bases after hitting a solo home run against Seattle Mariners pitcher Fernando Rodney (56) to put the Rays up 1-0 in the ninth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports
Stock Down: Fernando Rodney
Well, I don’t think this is going to shock anybody, as Fernando Rodney has been absolutely terrible for the Mariners. As incredible as he was last year, Rodney has been equally as bad this year. He’s got an ERA of 6.00 this week, which is actually lower than his season ERA of 6.98. His fastball doesn’t have as much life, and his changeup is constantly being mislocated, and hitters are taking him deep and making him pay. I don’t know what the Mariners are planning to do with him, as a veteran closer doesn’t embrace a demotion very well, but replacing him with Carson Smith was absolutely necessary. I think it’s safe to say that Fernando Rodney has shot his last arrow in Seattle, and maybe in his career.
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