Mariners closer Fernando Rodney made one promise after learning that he’d been added to the All-Star Game for the second time in his career.
“I’m going to have fun there,” Rodney said before Saturday’s game. “You guys are going to see. I’m throwing my arrow. No matter what inning I’m going to pitch, I’m going to throw it.”
Rodney will replace David Price, his former teammate, on the American League’s roster. He leads the American League in saves with 27, and after a rocky start to his time in Seattle, he has settled down to become a steady roadblock at the end of games.
Rodney has a 1.98 ERA this season and has blown only two of his 29 save opportunities. But he’s been even better as the season has progressed, in large part because he has gotten ahead of hitters.
In his last 21 games, since blowing a save against (WHAT), Rodney has a 0.90 ERA and has given up 10 hits in 20 innings while recording 20 strikeouts.
“I know I put up the numbers to be there,” Rodney said.
Rodney had plans to visit family during the All-Star break, but he didn’t mind altering those.
“I’m happy,” Rodney said.” I think that’s the best moment for me right now. It’s exciting.”
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