Seattle Mariners rumors from Wednesday (May 14) address the possible removal of closer Fernando Rodney. Rodney blew his second save for the Mariners on Tuesday night (May 13), leading to quite a few fans questioning why the team is still allowing him to pitch in the ninth inning. He allowed two runs to the Tampa Bay Rays to blow a 1-0 lead that starter Hisashi Iwakuma had earned through the first eight innings.
It has been suggested that Tom Wilhelmsen or Danny Farquhar should be getting a chance to close due to struggles that Rodney has had when it comes to pitching a clean ninth inning. In the updated pitching stats from the team, Wilhelmsen has certainly improved his numbers on the season. He now has a 2.29 ERA and 1.27 WHIP to go along with those two blown saves from earlier in the season.
As for Rodney, he has now appeared in 17 games for the team this year, posting a 3.31 ERA, 1.71 WHIP, and 11 saves over 13 chances. It was certainly a rough game against the Rays on May 13, leading to manager Lloyd McClendon removing him from the mound midway through the ninth inning. Farquhar came in to strike out the final batter of the inning, suggesting that he could certainly do well in more pressure situations.
The Seattle Mariners rumors about Fernando Rodney possibly getting replaced by another pitcher in the bullpen may have been addressed by McClendon already. Following the loss to the Rays, he stated that, "First of all, I've got one of the best closers in the game. This guy is going to save a bunch of games for us. It just didn't go his way tonight. That's baseball, it happens. I know everybody's upset. I'm upset. I would have booed me. Heck, I'm upset, too, but that's the way it goes. We'll pick up the pieces and get ready for tomorrow."
For now it appears that Rodney has the support of his manager and that he won't be relinquishing his role in the bullpen just yet.