Let's end this dance (USP)
Get out the scorebook, it's time for a list. I hope you're a fan of crooked numbers.
Six hits, five runs, six walks, four strikeouts, eight outs, 12 men reaching base. Line drives 40 percent of the time. A .462/.600/.615 slash line. That's the Francisco Rodriguez log since he took over the Milwaukee closing gig last week. Even with two conversions in three attempts, it's been a hot mess.
K-Rod was fortunate enough to skate past the Cardinals twice last week, but he wasn't able to Houdini his way past the Phillies on Monday (despite holding a three-run lead). Three hits and three walks led to four runs. Rodriguez was so distraught about the defeat, he Tweeted a two-part apology to Milwaukee fans after the game. (When it comes to closer accountability, I prefer the old school method.)
The Brewers front office was hoping K-Rod would take the job and run with it, ostensibly so it could shop Rodriguez to bullpen-needy contenders. But those other teams are unlikely to be fooled by Rodriguez's numbers. He's currently carrying a 4.47 ERA and 1.60 WHIP for the year, and he's petrified to trust his stuff in the strike zone. What team needs a right-handed arsonist like that?
John Axford is a dog with different fleas (4.91/1.51), but he'll probably be back in the Milwaukee closing chair pretty soon. He hasn't allowed a run since his demotion, recording 10 outs against just three base runners. Manager Ron Roenicke made it clear all along that the club wants to eventually return Axford to the ninth, and the results from the last week might be forcing the flip quicker than anyone expected.
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