Rogers was credited with a blown save Tuesday against the Rangers. He allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits while striking out one across 1.1 innings. Rogers entered the game with four outs left to close the game out but failed to accomplish that goal, as he struck out Joey Gallo to end the eighth but later surrendered two runs in the top of the ninth. This was Rogers' second blown save of the season, and he's now 2-for-4 in save chances. He's also allowed two earned runs in each of his past two appearances.
Rogers picked up the save after allowing two runs on two hits while striking out one in one inning Monday against the Rangers. Rogers made the ballgame interesting by giving up a single and a two-run homer before fanning the final batter to nail down a 6-5 victory. Monday marked the first time he's allowed a run on the season, boosting his ERA to 1.74 with 12 strikeouts across 10.1 innings. Rogers has converted on two of three save opportunities and is the presumptive closer with Alex Colome being transitioned to a lower-leverage role last week.
With Alex Colome reportedly moving to a lower-leverage role, Rogers is seemingly poised to serve as Minnesota's closer for the time being. Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports that Colome will move to a lower-leverage role after giving up 10 hits and six earned runs over his last four innings while converting just 40 percent of his save chances on the season. Meanwhile, Rogers has given up zero earned runs while striking out 11 over 9.1 innings.
Rogers struck out one batter over a perfect 0.2 innings while picking up a save over the Pirates on Friday. Rogers came into a 2-0 game and quickly finished off the last two Pirates to preserve the win. The 30-year-old southpaw owns a 0.00 ERA and 10:1 K:BB over 8.1 frames. He has one save and three holds on the year, but Rogers could see more save chances moving forward with Alex Colome (5.63 ERA and three blows saves in five chances) struggling out of the gate.
Rogers pitched 2.1 scoreless innings, allowing two hits, striking out three and earning the hold in Wednesday's 13-12, extra-innings loss to Oakland. The lefty has yet to allow an earned run through six appearances in 2021, having struck out nine and walked only one. Rogers has been a reliable option in Minnesota's bullpen since 2016, and he figures to pitch in even more high-leverage situations going forward with top closer candidates Alex Colome and Hansel Robles both struggling. At an average velocity of 95.2 mph, the sidearmer is throwing his sinker harder than ever and appears well on his way to a dominant 2021 campaign.
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