tiggis wrote:According to the Detroit Free Press, "In his meeting with reporters this morning, Tigers manager Jim Leyland was asked the following question: If the Tigers have a one-run lead in the ninth inning on Opening Day, who will close the game? His answer: Fernando Rodney. Still, Leyland emphasized that he has not named Rodney the full-time closer
Clear as mud.
If you have a dog in this fight, dont drop him yet..
I think it's Rodney's job to lose. That's the way I take those comments.
And on a completely separate topic, I was checking out S. Downs splits against left/right to see he could maintain solid ratios as a left handed closer instead of a more situational setup guy who is adequate against righties. Something to be a little concerned with is how often he walks righties (20BB's in 40.2 IP vs. right and 7BB's in 30IP vs left).
Anyway, I also noticed his home/road splits...check them out.
Obviously that 0.23era is entirely luck given his home peripherals, but I still found that comparison interesting...