Rodney tossed a perfect ninth for his 10th save Monday against Detroit. Rodney has recorded saves in eight straight opportunities since blowing three in a row in April and putting his job in jeopardy. Now, though, with a 2.70 ERA and a scoreless streak that has lasted him all of May, Rodney is sitting pretty as Minnesota's closer.
Rodney struck out the side to successfully convert the save Sunday against the Brewers. Rodney was called in to protect a two-run lead, and he did so to record his ninth save of the season. He has now converted his last six save opportunities, quieting talk of him losing the closer role.
Rodney worked around two walks in a scoreless inning against the Angels on Saturday for his seventh save of the season. After the Twins took the lead in the top of the 12th, Rodney closed out the win for his second save in as many days. He's really settled in nicely since a string of three consecutive blown save chances in April, allowing just two hits over his last seven innings (all scoreless). The ratios still leave something to be desired, but Rodney has been getting the job done lately.
Rodney got the save against the Angels on Friday, giving up one hit without a walk or a strikeout in a scoreless ninth inning to close out the Twins' 5-4 victory. It was the sixth save of the year for the veteran and his third straight appearance in which he has managed to close out a game with a drama-free effort. Rodney does have three blown saves to his name already this season, but his strong pitching of late should give him a firm grasp on the closer role in Minnesota, at least for the time being.
Rodney struck out one in a perfect ninth inning to earn the save against the White Sox on Friday. Over his last four outings, Rodney has allowed no runs on one hit with three strikeouts and three walks across four innings, bringing his ERA down to 4.22. He is 4-for-7 in save chances and has given up 13 hits in 10.2 innings. Rodney has allowed five walks and struck out 11 and currently sports a .344 BABIP. While somewhat unpredictable, Rodney still holds the closer role in Minnesota.