Despite adversity-filled spring, 'K-Rod' closing, succeeding

MILWAUKEE -- There's certainly something to be said about familiarity, and Ron Roenicke has just that with Francisco Rodriguez. It was still a surprise to see Rodriguez trot out for the save opportunity on Opening Day instead of Jim Henderson, thought to be the Milwaukee Brewers' closer at the time. After a spring training filled with political turmoil in his home country...
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The Brewers’ Latest Closer Controversy ☆

For the second straight season, the Brewers have a closer controversy in early April. While last year Jim Henderson usurped the incumbent John Axford, now Henderson himself is on the hot seat. This time manager Ron Roenicke took a unique approach, evidently switching closers between Spring Training and Opening Day. Even the Brewers players were unaware that Francisco Rodriguez would...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Sizzling starting pitching for the Milwaukee Brewers

To say I am surprised by the Milwaukee Brewers’ first turn through the rotation would be an understatement. I am delightfully enamored. The Brewers are coming off a sweep of the Boston Red Sox in Fenway, and while the bats came alive and plated more runs than in the opening series vs. the Braves, it was the starting pitching that was the driving force. Marco Estrada pitched five...
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Opening day surprise: Francisco Rodriguez earns the save for the Brewers (but don’t drop Jim Henderson)

Generally speaking as fantasy owners we have to be attentive to Spring Training battles in an effort to determine who will earn save opportunities for clubs where the spot is in question. In most cases, we at least have a definitive ‘day one closer’ announcement by the time our drafts role around. We thought we had that answer in Milwaukee, but were surprised when Francisco Rodriguez...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Francisco Rodriguez to close for the Milwaukee Brewers

Don’t you just love when managers wait until the very last minute to announce a change? Don’t you love it even more when they don’t even announce it until AFTER it’s happened? Brewers manager Ron Roenicke put Francisco Rodriguez in the close out the game on opening day and then after the game announced he’d be the team’s closer for now. After the game Roenicke said he...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Brewers going with Francisco Rodriguez as closer

With a 2-0 lead on Opening Day the Milwaukee Brewers went to the bullpen in the ninth inning and out emerged Francisco Rodriguez. Signed to a one-year deal worth $3.25 million this spring, the now 32-year-old Rodriguez is already paying dividends for the Brewers team who is waiting for Jim Henderson to get his stuff back. Rodriguez allowed a hit and struck out two in his inning of...
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Brewers’ Francisco Rodriguez still plucking cactus spines out of his foot, keeps pitching

Last week it was reported that Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Francisco Rodriguez became yet another casualty of the “Bizarre Major League Baseball Player Injury” pantheon when it was learned that his spring training debut was being pushed back due to an injury suffered when he stepped on a cactus while walking barefoot. Rodriguez bravely dealt with […] The post Brewers’ Francisco...
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March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Francisco Rodriguez latest bizarre MLB injury victim: Hurt after stepping on cactus

Milwaukee Brewers reliever Francisco Rodriguez, already behind the other pitchers in camp after a visa issue delayed his arrival in the U.S., may have his spring training debut scheduled for Thursday pushed back due to yet another freak MLB injury. Rodriguez accidentally stepped on a cactus while walking barefoot on Tuesday. “They took out a […]The post Francisco Rodriguez latest...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Milwaukee Brewers: Who will earn final three bullpen spots?

The Milwaukee Brewers have some of their bullpen locked up, and with the signing of Francisco Rodriguez, it appears that there are three spots up for grabs within the Brew Crew’s pen. In this piece, I’ll outline who the candidates are and eventually pick the guys who will start the year on the 25-man roster. RHP Alfredo Figaro: Figaro was used primarily as a middle relief pitcher...
February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Milwaukee Brewers: Francisco Rodriguez, part 2

The big news in the Milwaukee Brewers universe this week was the resigning of Francisco Rodriguez to a one-year contract. This move isn’t necessarily a surprise, but it is somewhat interesting because the Brewers traded “K-Rod” to the Baltimore Orioles for Nick Delmonico last year in July. To be completely honest, I am and have been one of the biggest critics of Francisco Rodriguez...
February 09, 2014  |  Discuss

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