From what I have seen, the Mets are not getting their money’s worth in Francisco Rodriguez.
Rodriguez is approaching numbers that reflect his rookie season with the Anaheim Angels.
Let me rundown the stats for all the stats geeks out there.
He has a 3.24 ERA which is the highest in all of his career. Second highest was 3.03 back in 2003.
He has walked 30 batters thus far and will most certainly surpass his highest total of 35 back in 2003, his first full year.
Rodriguez has also only struckout 51 hitters. That is the lowest total in his career. His highest was 124 back in 2004.
I hardly think this is what Mets management had in mind when they decided to give him three years at $37 million. Do you?
Either he is hurt or he just is not as good as we all hoped he would be!
Well, the Mets would have us believe that he is fine. It could be true. In an interview with the Star Ledger, Rodriguez had this to say about his blown-saves:
When you have a three-run lead, you have an edge. You know you have something to work with.
But when you’re down by a lot or up by a lot, you don’t have that edge. You don’t build yourself up. It’s different.
Bueno Papa! With the Mets paying you good money, you better figure out a way to build yourself up. I do not care what the score is. Get the job done!
Jerry Manuel chalks it up the lack of work to give to Rodriguez.
Since the Mets are so lousy and do not have many save opportunities, Rodriguez does not get many chances. So Manuel has to use him in non-save situations.
Makes sense. I would do the same thing. You have to give your pitchers work.
So it is all being blamed on the consistent lack of work for him. He is a specialist. He saves games. That is his job. He’s done it for years.
What can be done? Nothing. Unless you can hand him consistent save opportunities on a silver platter, he’ll keep blowing games.
So continues the downward spiral to hell that is the New York Mets 2009 season. Just deal with it.