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K-Rod hits 96, looks forward to Yanks

Posted on: June 25, 2009 4:50 pm
 
NEW YORK -- Yes, that was a 96 mph fastball from Francisco Rodriguez today.

Two of them, actually, both on the stadium radar gun and on the readings used by MLB.com gameday.

"I don't remember the last time I did that," K-Rod said.

Truth be told, Rodriguez's velocity has been up considerably this year. He hasn't regularly hit 96, but 94s and even 95s have become common again. They weren't last year, when scouts who watched Rodriguez noted his drop in velocity and wondered whether he was worth the risk of a long-term contract -- despite his record-setting save total.

"I feel healthier and stronger," said Rodriguez, who battled ankle trouble last season. "Last year was weird. I was having success. At the same time, I wasn't 100 percent. This year, I feel stronger. I feel healthier."

Rodriguez is 19 for 21 in saves for the Mets, including one today in the Mets' 3-2 win over the Cardinals. Today's was a little rockier than normal, with two-out walks to Albert Pujols and Ryan Ludwick and then a long Yadier Molina fly ball for the final out.

"Anybody have a heart attack out there?" Rodriguez asked jokingly. "If so, send me the bills."

Next up for K-Rod and the Mets: The second Subway Series. In the first one, K-Rod was on the mound for Luis Castillo's dropped popup (resulting in his first blown save), and also had his war of words with Yankees reliever Brian Bruney.

Rodriguez had no interest in reigniting the Bruney battle ("That's in the past"), but he did say he's looking forward to the series.

"Obviously, the adrenaline is going to be 300 percent higher," he said.

What's 300 percent higher than 96 mph?
Category: MLB
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