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TigsTown Analysis: Rodney as the Closer

The enigma that is Fernando Rodney has emerged in a big way in 2009 for the Tigers, after a few straight seasons of up-and-down performance. Is this a new Rodney, or is what we're seeing a flash in the pan and unlikely to continue?

Coming into 2009, there was a lot of speculation about Fernando Rodney, who after working as the Tigers' setup man and pitching very well for the club in 2006, had two very inconsistent, injury-riddled seasons, causing many to question the Tigers' decision to make Rodney the club's closer for '09. Their skepticism was at minimum justified, if not downright expected. His ERA was a very pedestrian...

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