Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 5/6/13
Is it a mere coincidence that the Dominican Republic's two most dominant relievers in the World Baseball Classic have been far less effective for their major-league clubs? Maybe. But the early struggles of both the Rays' Fernando Rodney and Orioles' Pedro Strop are raising questions about the impact of the WBC on their respective performances. Both Rodney, 36, and Strop, 27, played major roles in helping the D.R. win the tournament, combining to work 14 scoreless innings. Together, they struck out 15, allowed four hits and walked only three. Both, however, also pitched with great frequency in the WBC. Rodney appeared in every one of the D.R.'s games, pitching eight times in 13 days. Strop, meanwhile, worked six times over that span. And now? Rodney is 4-for-5 in save opportunities with a 3.86 ERA, averaging more than a strikeout per inning -- not bad. But he also has allowed 16 base-runners in 9 1/3 innings, and his stuff is diminished from last season, when he went 48-for-50 i...
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