Your opinion: Should Rays remove Rodney as closer?
Fernando Rodney, leaving a game against Boston last week, blew his fourth save in 13 chances on Wednesday night. JASON BEHNKEN/STFF
Published: May 23, 2013
Updated: May 23, 2013 at 01:39 PM
Should the Rays remove Fernando Rodney from the closer's role?
Total Votes: 274
Between defending American League Cy Young Award winner David Price's early struggles and eventual stint on the disabled list and an inconsistent bullpen, the Tampa Bay Rays have found their margin for error to be rather slim.
A recent winning streak has brought them above .500, but they still remain in fourth place in the AL East.
Which makes Fernando Rodney's latest collapse especially complicated.
Rodney blew his fourth save in 13 opportunities Wednesday, lasting only six pitches in the ninth inning of a 4-3 loss to Toronto. Rodney gave up a game-tying home run to Jose Bautista and a walk to Adam Lind before he was quickly removed.
That came less than a week after Rodney, ahead by two, walked the bases loaded with two outs in the ninth against Boston before giving up a two-strike, bases-clearing double for a 4-3 loss.
Manager Joe Maddon still gives Rodney a show of support, saying, "There's no other options."
Rays fans might disagree, and their reaction after the game indicates they might be eager for Maddon to remove Rodney from the closer's role.
Remember, Rodney was named to the All-Star Game last year and finished with 48 saves in 50 chances. His 0.60 earned-run average was a season record for relievers. It was a career year after two disappointing seasons with the Angels, mostly in a set-up role.
So what would you do? Stick with Rodney at closer, or spell him with Joel Peralta or another reliever until he can regain his form? Or should they remove Rodney altogether?