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Fernando Rodney | Relief Pitcher

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (38) / 3/18/1977
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Fernando Rodney pitched a scoreless ninth in a tie game Sunday against the Angels.
It's another step towards Rodney regaining the closer's role. He's turned in seven straight scoreless appearances. Jun 28 - 7:49 PM

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Mariners manger Lloyd McClendon said Saturday the he hopes Fernando Rodney regains his closer job.

Carson Smith is 5-for-5 in save chances and is clearly the M's best reliever right now, but McClendon would prefer to use him in a setup role and have Rodney back in the ninth. Rodney on Friday earned his first save since May 29, but he still has some work to do to get his old job back. "My hope," McClendon said, "is Rodney becomes that lock-down ninth-inning guy again. I think we’re a better club if he’s in the ninth, Carson is in the eighth and (Mark) Lowe and (Charlie) Furbush in the seventh. It closes the gap tremendously. That’s my hope. But I don’t know if that’s going to happen or when it’s going to happen. For right now, we’ll keep doing what we’re doing. We’ve got to win ballgames."
Jun 28 - 11:25 AM

Fernando Rodney got to work the ninth Friday against the Angels and picked up his 15th save with a scoreless inning.

Manager Lloyd McClendon played it smart and had Carson Smith face Mike Trout and Albert Pujols in the eighth, giving Rodney the easier part of the lineup in the ninth. It doesn't mean Rodney is back in the closer's role, though it's still possible things will start to swing that way. The save was Rodney's first since May 29.
Jun 27 - 1:31 AM

Mariners skipper Lloyd McClendon said Wednesday that Fernando Rodney may begin to see save chances again.

Carson Smith has done well enough to keep the gig -- he earned his third save on Wednesday night against the Giants -- but Rodney has rattled off three straight scoreless appearances and McClendon is seeing progress. "I will say this: Probably on days when Smith can not go, you might see Rodney or a combination of Rodney and somebody else," McClendon told reporters.
Jun 18 - 8:55 AM

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said that he's not sure if Fernando Rodney is ready to close games for the Mariners.

McClendon's exact words were "I’m not sure he’s quite ready to go back to the closer’s role. We’ll use him where we think he fits the best." Lukewarm, very lukewarm. McClendon has previously indicated that Rodney will definitely see 8th inning work as well as occasional closing duty as he tries to regain his role in the bullpen.
Jun 12 - 5:30 PM

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon expects Fernando Rodney to pitch "the eighth and, sometimes, the ninth inning" once he's "got this mechanical stuff straightened out."

"I’m committed right now," McClendon said, "if he’s closing out a game, to getting him some help in the ninth on the front end if there’s a tough lefty or something. Anything to try to jump-start him. Listen, we need (Rodney). If we’re going to make a run at this, and be as successful as we think we’re going to be, we’ve got to have him." It seems as though McClendon wants Rodney to win his closer job back, but for now Carson Smith, who has recorded the club's last two saves, looks like the best bet in the ninth inning. Smith is certainly good enough to run away with the job, but McClendon wants to be cautious about using him too often. "The other kid (Smith) has greatness written all over him," McClendon said. "But if we think we can run him out there three or four days in a row, it’s just not going to happen."
Jun 10 - 10:13 AM

Fernando Rodney took a loss after giving up a homer in a tie game Friday against the Rays.

We'd approve of Lloyd McClendon using his closer in the top of the ninth of a tie game if only that closer wasn't Rodney. The subject of several votes of confidence lately, Rodney has now given up runs in nine of his last 13 appearances. McClendon doesn't have anyone else he wants to go into the ninth, but Rodney has really left him with no choice. Carson Smith should be grabbed wherever he's available.
Jun 6 - 1:15 AM

Mariners skipper Lloyd McClendon said Wednesday that he's sticking with Fernando Rodney at closer.

Rodney blew his third save of the season on Tuesday night against the Yankees and he owns a brutal 6.85 ERA and 1.79 WHIP in 22 1/3 total innings this season, but McClendon isn't quite ready to move away from the 38-year-old right-hander. "Rodney has struggled a little bit, but so has everybody else," said McClendon. "The fact is, he’s our closer. We need him. We are going to need him to be successful." Carson Smith still seems like a smart stash in fantasy leagues.
Jun 4 - 10:13 AM

Fernando Rodney blew the save, letting the Yankees score once in the ninth inning as the Mariners went on to lose in 11 innings on Tuesday.

Rodney issued a leadoff walk, but then got two quick outs and it seemed like he would find his way out of trouble. The Yankees cobbled together a single followed by a Stephen Drew double to tie the game. Somehow, it's only Rodney's third blown save. He's pitched very poorly this year, currently holding a 6.85 ERA with a 20/12 K/BB ratio in 22 1/3 innings. The Mariners have to be running thin on patience with Rodney. If a change is made, Carson Smith would likely move into the closer's role. Fantasy owners in need of saves may want to stash him just in case.
Jun 3 - 2:12 AM

Fernando Rodney recorded his 14th save despite giving up a run in the ninth Friday against the Indians.

Rodney surrendered an RBI triple to Ryan Raburn before getting Michael Brantley to fly out to end the game. Just nine of his 21 pitches were strikes. Lloyd McClendon has been stubbornly patient with him, but this can't be allowed to go on for much longer. Rodney has allowed runs in seven of 10 appearances this month.
May 30 - 1:50 AM

Fernando Rodney allowed three runs to take a blown save against the Rays on Tuesday, earning the win instead.

It actually could have been worse for Rodney, as he allowed two runs before even recording an out. After Evan Longoria's two-run double, Rodney pulled it together, but he wasn't able to hold onto the lead. Rodney now owns an unsightly 6.98 ERA and 1.71 WHIP, and the Mariners may be forced to look elsewhere for saves shortly.
May 26 - 11:45 PM

Fernando Rodney worked a stress-free ninth inning to pick up his 13th save in Monday's 4-1 victory over the Rays.

Rodney got two ground outs before Joey Butler reached base on a single to shallow right field, but he was able to get Evan Longoria to fly out to end the game. The veteran closer has been anything but a sure thing taking the mound in the ninth inning, but he's now 13-for-14 in save chances with a 5.89 ERA and an 18/8 K/BB ratio in 18 1/3 innings.
May 25 - 10:16 PM

Fernando Rodney worked a perfect ninth inning with a pair of strikeouts on Saturday, protecting a one-run lead to earn his 12th save of the season.

The veteran right-hander has been far from good this season, registering a 6.23 ERA, 1.62 WHIP and 18/8 K/BB ratio through his first 17 1/3 innings, but he looked like the dominant closer of old at least for one afternoon. His hold on the the closer's gig grows more firm with each successful conversion.
May 23 - 3:38 PM

Fernando Rodney worked around trouble to convert his 11th save of the season Friday against the Blue Jays.

Rodney entered the ninth with a three-run lead, but gave up a two-run homer to Chris Colabello to cut things close. However, he was able to retire the final two batters he faced to finish off the victory. Rodney has only blown one save this season, but he has been scored upon in four straight appearances and has an ugly 6.61 ERA and 1.71 WHIP on the year. He's on shaky ground.
May 22 - 10:15 PM

Fernando Rodney made it difficult for himself, but still picked up his 10th save despite allowing a run in the ninth inning of Wednesday's 4-2 win versus the Orioles.

Rodney served up back-to-back singles, putting runners on first and third to open the ninth inning. He then got back-to-back strikeouts of Chris Davis and Steve Pearce, but J.J. Hardy singled to right-center to bring in a run and put the tying run on base. Rodney was able to get Travis Snider to end the game with a ground out. As usual, Rodney made getting the save an ordeal, but he's 10-for-11 in conversions with a 5.87 ERA and a 16/8 K/BB ratio in 15 1/3 innings. He has allowed runs in four of five May appearances. Despite the high conversion rates, the Mariners can't feel comfortable with the way he's been pitching.
May 20 - 10:19 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Mike Zunino
2Jesus Sucre
1B1Logan Morrison
2B1Robinson Cano
SS1Brad Miller
3B1Kyle Seager
2Willie Bloomquist
LF1Seth Smith
2Dustin Ackley
CF1Austin Jackson
2Franklin Gutierrez
RF1Nelson Cruz
DH1Mark Trumbo
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3James Paxton
4J.A. Happ
5Taijuan Walker
6Roenis Elias
7Mike Montgomery
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Carson Smith
2Fernando Rodney
3Charlie Furbush
4Tom Wilhelmsen
5Joe Beimel
6Mark Lowe
7Vidal Nuno
8David Rollins