Tag:Arthur Rhodes
Posted on: August 17, 2011 1:37 am
 

3 Up, 3 Down: All late inning heroics



By Matt Snyder

Six teams won Tuesday after scoring in their final at-bat, so let's stick with those as the theme of 3 Up, 3 Down.

Lyle Overbay, Diamondbacks. Amazing how things work out sometimes. Heading to the trade deadline, the Pirates were actually in the race for once and looked to upgrade at first base. They ended up trading for Derrek Lee, which made Overbay expendible. He was set free and ended up with Arizona. Now the Pirates have completely fallen out of the race after a miserable stretch and the Diamondbacks are in first place. Tuesday night, Overbay went 3-4 with all three of the D-Backs' RBIs, including a two-RBI double in the ninth off Roy Halladay. The Snakes beat the Phillies 3-2 and are now 3 1/2 games in front of the Giants.

Mark Kotsay, Brewers. He only got one at-bat, but that's all he needed. Kotsay came to bat in the bottom of the ninth with the bases loaded and the score tied 1-1. He planted a Mike MacDougal offering into center field for a line drive, walk-off single. The Brewers extended their lead to seven games in the NL Central and have won 17 of their last 19.

Brian Bogusevic, Astros. Like Kotsay, all Bogusevic needed was one bases-loaded at-bat to produce a walk-off win, but unlike Kotsay, Bogusevic drove home four, not just one. Cubs closer Carlos Marmol allowed two singles and a walk before Bogusevic stepped to the plate with his team trailing by three. He went ahead and hit a walk-off grand slam to save the Astros from an eighth consecutive loss.



Arthur Rhodes/Tony La Russa, Cardinals. Rhodes was signed by the Cardinals to get left-handers out, yet he yielded a walk-off homer to the Pirates' Garrett Jones -- who is, yes, left-handed -- Tuesday night. Of course, members of the media who cover the Cardinals pointed out after the game it was the third straight night La Russa used the 41 year old and that Rhodes is best served in short doses. Tuesday, he got two outs to end the 10th and La Russa trotted him back out there for the 11th. Jones was the first batter Rhodes faced in the 11th. So who was at fault? You make the call. Meanwhile, the Cardinals have fallen seven games back of the Brewers and that race looks like it will be a mere formality quite soon.

Giants offense. In sticking with the theme, the Giants lost in walk-off fashion Tuesday night. Still, it's hard to blame the pitchers. The Giants got no-hit by a rookie -- with big upside, but it was still only his second career start -- for six innings before getting a solo home run from Cody Ross. In 11 innings, that would be their only run. They only had five hits. They've fallen 3 1/2 back of the red-hot Diamondbacks and are threatening to fall behind the Mariners for the least amount of runs scored in the majors. Something better change, fast.

Indians vs. White Sox. Are these two teams seriously in the race? This marathon game was a comedy of misplayed balls, stranded runners, poor baserunning, blown leads and pretty much everything else under the sun. Of course there was good from each side -- some timely hitting and good pitching performances -- but it was predominantly bad and I'd guess most fans of either team would agree. On the Indians side, Shin-Soo Choo was awful in right field, playing two balls into triples and misplaying a few others. They left 11 men on base -- including leaving them loaded in the 13th -- and got a bad outing from Ubaldo Jimenez. On the White Sox end, Will Ohman came in and walked two straight batters -- the second one forced in the tying run -- before recording his lone out of the game. A leadoff triple was wasted in extra innings when Brent Lillibridge was doubled off first on a lineout. Sergio Santos blew a save prior to that to send it to extras. Oh, and they left 15 men on base. But hey, the White Sox won and crept to within a half-game of the Indians for second place in the AL Central. So all is well that ends well for them. (Note: LOB numbers were by my unofficial count. I could be off by one or two. Regardless, it was bad).

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Posted on: August 11, 2011 6:20 pm
Edited on: August 11, 2011 6:29 pm
 

Cardinals sign Arthur Rhodes

By Matt Snyder

Left-handed relief specialist Arthur Rhodes has been signed by the Cardinals, the club announced Thursday. Rhodes is expected to join them Friday. He started the season with the Rangers but was released when they traded for Mike Adams and no other team picked him up off waivers. Rhodes became a free agent Wednesday after clearing waivers and being granted his release.

Rhodes, 41, was an All-Star for Cincinnati last season with a 2.29 ERA and 1.02 WHIP in 69 appearances. Right handers crushed him this season, but Rhodes still held lefties to a .216/.310/.405 line. A switch back to the NL should benefit him, and you can bet new manager Tony La Russa will only be using him one left-handed hitter at a time.

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Posted on: August 8, 2011 2:40 pm
Edited on: August 8, 2011 2:44 pm
 

Rhodes set to hit free agency Wednesday

By Matt Snyder

The Rangers placed left-handed relief specialist Arthur Rhodes on waivers last week, he cleared and was not traded, so he'll become a free agent Wednesday. The Rangers reportedly fielded some offers for Rhodes -- players can be traded before they're released once they clear waivers -- but no deal was close to coming to fruition (Foul Territory). He was designated for assignment when the Rangers acquired Mike Adams from the Padres just before the trade deadline.

Rhodes is 41, so it's possible he'll be forced into retirement, but not likely. In fact, I'd guess someone snatches him up by the end of the week, once he's free to sign elsewhere. He was an All-Star for Cincinnati last season with a 2.29 ERA and 1.02 WHIP in 69 appearances. Right handers crushed him this season, but Rhodes still held lefties to a .216/.310/.405 line. If he ends up in a more pitcher-friendly park in the NL, he'll get even better.

Totally speculative, but some of the teams that might make sense for Rhodes are the Cardinals, Phillies and Brewers. The Cardinals only have one lefty in the 'pen (Marc Rzepczynski) and we all know Tony La Russa loves to play matchups. The Phillies only have Antonio Bastardo as a lefty, and he's better served in a full inning at this point (in fact, he's been harder on right-handers this year). The Brewers presently have no uninjured left-handers in the bullpen.

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Posted on: May 2, 2011 9:43 pm
 

Feliz's rehab stint to be short

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Neftali FelizThe Rangers aren't going to waste any time bringing closer Neftali Feliz back -- if he gets through one inning without complications in a Double-A game on Wednesday, the team will bring him back on Friday, the first day he is eligible.

Feliz threw 46 pitches in a bullpen session Monday in Oakland.

"He said he felt good, so he's ready to get out of here," manager Ron Washington told Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "Hopefully, that goes well and we can activate him Friday when he's ready to come off."

Tommy Hunter will start that game for Double-A Frisco (Texas). Hunter's return won't be as quick as Feliz's.

The Rangers will be happy to get Feliz back. The Rangers' bullpen has struggled since Feliz went on the disabled list. On Monday, Arthur Rhodes gave up the team's lead in the eighth to Josh Willingham and then Hideki Matsui ended the game with a solo homer in the 10th inning off Darren Oliver. Oliver also picked up the loss last Thursday in a  loss to the Blue Jays. Rhodes and Oliver have picked up the only saves for the Rangers since Feliz went on the DL with right shoulder inflammation.

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Posted on: April 27, 2011 1:11 pm
Edited on: April 27, 2011 4:41 pm
 

O'Day injury strains Texas bullpen

By Matt Snyder

Rangers relief pitcher Darren O'Day is headed to the disabled list with a torn labrum in his hip, reports ... Darren O'Day. Yes, gotta love the modern-day social media. O'Day posted this on his Facebook page Wednesday morning:

"Headed to the DL for a torn labrum in my left hip. Beyond that, I dont know much. Hopefully recovery will be quick, and I'll be back on the mound in no time."

Well, Wednesday afternoon, we know more and it's not good. He's headed to the 60-day disabled list and surgery is possible. (Dallas Morning News via Twitter)

With All-Star closer Neftali Feliz also on the shelf and Alexi Ogando in the rotation, that's three of the back-end bullpen arms the Rangers had planned upon by late March now not in the bullpen.

At present, the back-end has the ancient Arthur Rhodes and Darren Oliver -- who appears to be the top closing option with Feliz out. There are former starters Dave Bush and Brett Tomko as middle relief options. Pedro Strop and rookie Cody Eppley -- who looked good in his two-inning debut -- are left as the setup guys.

The bullpen hasn't been awful by any means this year. Rangers' relievers collectively have a 4.13 ERA, which is seventh in the AL. But now the anchor has been removed as has one of the better support men in O'Day (2.45 ERA in 7 1/3 innings).

To be very fair, Oliver, Rhodes, Strop, Eppley and Bush have been quite good -- albeit with limited time for some. It's just that as everyone gets bumped back one or two spots in his specific role in the bullpen, there's much less stability for the group as a whole. In turn, the starting pitchers may start to feel the strain as well, as they're expected to work deeper into games in hopes to not tax the new guys like Eppley and whoever replaces O'Day -- which looks like Ryan Tucker (ESPN Dallas ) -- or overwork the reliable veterans.

Feliz should be back by mid-May, and the guess is by then it will be a big reprieve from an area that evolved into a problem for the defending AL champs. If not, well, that's one deep staff.

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Posted on: April 24, 2011 3:23 pm
Edited on: April 24, 2011 3:27 pm
 

Without Feliz, Rangers have closer question

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By C. Trent Rosecrans

The Rangers headed into the 2011 season fully invested in Neftali Feliz as their closer, trading Frank Francisco in the offseason and moving Alexi Ogando into the rotation to start the spring.

That left a team formerly flush with potential closers in a bind when Feliz was put on the disabled list on Saturday.

In Saturday's save situation, Ron Washington turned to veteran lefty Darren Oliver (above, middle) to get the last three outs against the Royals.

"We've got no bona fide closer right now," Washington said on Saturday, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "It's that simple."

Feliz was. WIth a 1.08 ERA in nine outings with six strikeouts in 8 1/3 innings, Feliz was a prefect 5 for 5 in save situations this season.

Now, Washington could go with Oliver, Darren O'Day or Arthur Rhodes to close out games. Of the trio, Rhodes has the most closing experience with 32 career saves, the last coming with the Marlins in 2008. The most he's had in one season is nine with Oakland in 2004. 

The right-handed O'Day (above, left) had two saves for the Rangers in 2009, the only two of his career.

Oliver's save on Saturday was the fourth of his career. He had one last season and two as a rookie for the Rangers in 1994. He also set a record on Saturday, becoming the oldest Ranger to record a save. Goose Gossage had one at 40 years, 18 days in 1991. Oliver is 40 years, 199 days. But that record may not last long, Rhodes is 41.

"I figured if you're 40 years old, you're probably going to be in a lot of history books," Oliver told Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "This is probably just one of them. Just think if Arthur saves it tomorrow, he'll be the oldest one."

Ogando, 27, looked like a closer in waiting last season, pitching 44 games out of the bullpen. He had a 1.30 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 41 2/3 innings pitch. While the Rangers' toying with Feliz in the rotation drew many of the headlines in the spring, Ogando quietly won the fifth starter's spot and has been excellent. In four starts this season, he's 3-0 with a 2.13 ERA, picking up the victory against the Royals on Saturday.

Francisco saved 25 games for the Rangers in 2009 and two last season before being supplanted by Feliz. The Rangers sent him to Toronto in exchange for Mike Napoli, who is trying to help fill the offensive void left by Josh Hamilton. Since Hamilton was injured on April 12, Napoli has started five games, with hits in his last three, including a homer on Saturday. He's caught twice, played first twice and served as the DH on Saturday.

Either Francisco or Ogando would have given the Rangers something the trio of Rhodes, O'Day and Oliver do not -- a no-doubt, go-to guy in the ninth inning. 

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Posted on: January 22, 2011 1:35 pm
 

Rhodes aims to pitch longer than Orosco

RhodesLook out, Jesse Orosco. Arthur Rhodes is coming for you.

"My goal is to pitch until my arm falls off," Rhodes told the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram of his future in the game. The 41-year-old's goal is to pitch longer than Jesse Orosco, who stayed in the game until he was 46, having played 24 seasons.

Orosco has the record of most games played with 1,252, handily beating out second-place Mike Stanton at 1,178. Rhodes is 34th with 849 appearances.

Helping Orosco in his record was his status as a one- or two-out pitcher, largely confined to facing left-handers, especially in the later years of his career. Rhodes is still capable of going an inning or more and posted a 2.29 ERA in 55 innings for the Reds in 2010, continuing his successful return from Tommy John surgery that knocked out his 2007. He has 1,154 2/3 innings to his name over his career, with Orosco at 1,295 1/3, a figure Rhodes will certainly beat if he stays in the game for five more seasons. Rhodes could also have a shot at the overall appearances record, but would likely have to pitch seven more seasons -- or through age 48 -- for that honor.

Orosco isn't even the oldest pitcher to play in recent memory. Jamie Moyer just finished his 24th season at age 47 in 2010 before a season-ending injury struck him. While Moyer will miss all of 2011, he is determined to keep battling for a job at the tender age of 49 once he is ready to pitch again. Moyer has stated in the past that he hopes to pitch until 50.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: January 10, 2011 10:04 am
 

Rangers may not be done yet

Jon Daniels Coming off a World Series appearance, the Rangers have been anything but content this offseason. Few teams have been as active in the free agent market as Texas.

General manager Jon Daniels has reached high -- Cliff Lee -- and missed, but also reacted by signing the likes of Adrian Beltre and Yorvit Torrealba along with reliever Arthur Rhodes and took a risk on former Cy Young Award-winner Brandon Webb. The team was also in on trades for Zack Greinke and Matt Garza.

Under new ownership, the Rangers have been aggressive and shown they aren't content with what they've done. That hasn't stopped even after an offseason spending spree.

"There are still some things we're going to look into," Daniels told Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram . "This may be the club we go to camp with. We're confident if it is.

"But there's a chance we'll try to improve as well."

Wilson notes the team could still be interested in other "risk-reward types" such as Jeff Francis and Bartolo Colon.

There's also the off chance the team could go after the top remaining free agent, Rafael Soriano, and move Neftali Feliz to the rotation. It may be a long-shot, but with the Rangers, it seems anything's possible.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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