Rondon is expected to be the setup reliever for closer Archie Bradley, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
Rondon said he's not picky about about having a particular role, but he wants to know what the role is. "If you know your role, it's in your mind that you could throw the seventh or the eighth and you can prepare your body or your mind for that inning," Rondon said. "If you don't know what situation you might come in, every time the phone rings you go, 'Is it me?' and it's hard to prepare." Rondon, 32, has extensive experience in late innings, including logging 92 saves during his seven MLB seasons. RotoWire slots Bradley among a group of closers with low job security, so Rondon could work his way into a prominent role with more fantasy relevance.
Rondon signed a one-year deal with a club option for a second season with the Diamondbacks on Wednesday, Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic reports.
Rondon is guaranteed $3 million, with $2.5 million of that coming in 2020 and $500,000 as a buyout on the team option. The veteran has 92 career saves to his name but probably profiles best as a setup man heading into his age-32 season. His solid 3.71 ERA in 60.2 innings for the Astros last season came with an unimpressive 4.96 FIP as he saw his strikeout rate plummet from 26.8 percent in 2018 to 18.7 percent in 2019.
Rondon will be on the Astros' ALDS roster.
Rondon didn't dominate this season, but his solid 3.71 ERA was still good enough for him to make the team. His 4.96 FIP hints at worse things to come, however, and he saw his strikeout rate plunge from 26.8 percent to 18.7 percent. The Astros will likely prefer to keep him in medium-leverage situations.
Rondon allowed a solo home run but picked up a hold in Friday's 5-4 win over the Angels.
Rondon entered the game in the eighth inning, the usual landing spot for Ryan Pressly, who is on the injured list with a knee injury. Rondon had been part of the back end of the bullpen in 2018 before the Astros acquired Pressly and Roberto Osuna, so he was a natural fill-in for a setup role.
Rondon (3-2) served as the opener in Tuesday's loss to the Angels, retiring only two batters and giving up six runs on five hits and a walk while striking out one.
After 396 games as a reliever, Rondon was given the opportunity to open a game for the first time in his career. Needless to say, the experiment did not go well, as the 31-year-old gave up five runs and allowed the first six Angels hitters to reach base before recording his first out. The blowup increased Rondon's ERA from 3.34 to 4.79 over 38 appearances.
Rondon will serve as the opener for Tuesday's game against the Angels, manager AJ Hinch told MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM.
The outing will technically be Rondon's first career start as a major leaguer, but it would be a surprise to see him pitch for much longer than an inning. The opener role isn't a very interesting one for fantasy purposes, as it guarantees that Rondon will face the toughest part of the Angels' order and removes even the slim possibility at earning a win. Rogelio Armenteros will pitch the bulk of the innings behind Rondon.
Rondon (3-1) worked around a leadoff double to pitch a scoreless seventh inning and earn the victory in Friday's 3-2 win over Oakland.
Rondon was the pitcher of record when Derek Fisher hit a go-ahead home run in the eighth inning. As he's done several times this season, Rondon was used in the seventh inning before Ryan Pressly and Roberto Osuna closed out a win. Rondon has a 2.70 ERA and 1.35 WHIP with eight holds in 2019.
Rondon allowed a hit in a scoreless seventh inning of Friday's 3-2 win over the Athletics.
Rondon had two clean appearances before allowing his first baserunner of the season. After serving as a closer and setup man in 2018, Rondon's role has shifted back a spot to the seventh inning, and he'll rarely be used beyond one inning of work.
Rondon struck out two batters over a hitless and scoreless inning Saturday against the Marlins.
There hasn't been much focus on Rondon or the Astros bullpen, which, aside from the final spot, was settled entering spring training. Rondon is set to begin the season as a high-leverage option, although he dropped a notch below Ryan Pressly.
Rondon won't get into a Grapefruit League game until Saturday against the Mets, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Rondon isn't injured, but the Astros are nevertheless ramping him up slowly after too much work too fast last spring led to some fatigue. The veteran picked up 15 saves last season but could now be third in line after Roberto Osuna and Ryan Pressly.
Rondon was added to Houston's 25-man ALCS roster against Boston, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
The Astros also added Joe Smith to the active roster while leaving Myles Straw and Will Harris off for the upcoming series. Rondon will provide a fresh arm in the Astros' bullpen versus an excellent Boston offense. On the year, he logged a 3.20 ERA and 1.32 WHIP.
Rondon was left off Houston's ALDS roster versus the Indians, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Manager A.J. Hinch elected to leave Rondon, Chris Devenski, Brad Peacock and Joe Smith off the 25-man roster after sorting through his options ahead of this series. Though Rondon posted a 3.20 ERA (2.83 FIP) this season, he had a few extremely rough outings recently, giving up multiple hits in his seven of his past 11 appearances and logging an 8.68 ERA during that span which dates back to late August. Since Hinch is able to switch around his roster after each postseason series, Rondon could be added back into the mix ahead of the ALCS should Houston advance.
Rondon struck out one and allowed two hits in a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save in Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Orioles.
Rondon had not recorded a save in more than a month but was called upon for the matinee Saturday. The 30-year-old has struggled in September by allowing nine runs and 16 hits in just 8.1 innings.
Manager A.J. Hinch said Rondon may need to alter his pitch usage to turn around his recent slide, Hunter Atkins of the Houston Chronicle reports. "His pitch usage could be altered a little bit," Hinch said. "You've got to find out when they're sitting fastball, when they're sitting slider, read swings a little bit better."
Rondon has picked up three losses and has a 10.50 ERA in seven September appearances. He lives off a high-90s fastball, throwing it more than 60 percent of the time and nearly 70 percent in September, and likes to attack the middle third of the plate. That's a dangerous place for pitchers to get comfortable. If a pitcher misses location when hitters are sitting on one particular pitch, loud noise may ensue. Opponents have a 1.056 OPS off the four-seamer during the month of September, per Brooks Baseball. The manager feels Rondon may be able to incorporate more sliders to keep opposing hitters off balance.
Rondon (2-5) allowed four runs on four hits and one walk over one inning to pick up the loss Monday against the Mariners.
Rondon, once Houston's closer, is on the verge of losing his setup role. Since Roberto Osuna was named the Astros' closer, Rondon has a 6.30 ERA, surrendering 19 hits and seven runs over 10 innings. We fully expect Ryan Pressly to move into the eighth-inning role given Rondon's inconsistency.
Rondon (hand) allowed two hits and struck out two during a scoreless inning of relief versus Boston on Friday.
Rondon was able to pitch for the first time since Monday after getting hit by a comebacker off his pitching hand against Minnesota. He should be fully operational moving forward.
Rondon spent time with trainers Tuesday to reduce the swelling in his right hand and is expected to throw Wednesday, Hunter Atkins of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Rondon took a comebacker off the right hand and left Monday's game, but manager A.J. Hinch said, "It hit him in the meat part of his hand, which is probably the best possible scenario for him." Rondon and the rest of the team will get a day off Thursday, and he could be available for Friday's game in Boston.
Rondon (hand) will likely be unavailable until Friday against the Red Sox, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic Houston reports.
Rondon took a comebacker off his hand during Monday's game against the Twins, and while X-rays came back negative, the Astros want to play it safe and hold the reliever out until Friday regardless. With Houston off the schedule Thursday, Rondon will be afforded three full days to recover before hopefully rejoining the bullpen for the series opener against Boston.
Rondon was forced to leave Monday's game against the Twins after getting struck on his right hand by a comebacker, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Rondon said after the game that X-rays were negative, so the issue is unlikely to keep him out for long. He had entered the game in a save situation, up three runs in the bottom of the ninth, but faced just one batter before exiting.
Rondon pitched a scoreless eighth inning Wednesday against Seattle, allowing a walk and a hit.
Rondon was announced as having lost the closing job Tuesday morning but went on to save that night's game. This time around, Rondon got the eighth, with Roberto Osuna getting the ninth. Rondon faced a weaker part of the Mariners' order on both occasions. Manager A.J. Hinch said Osuna will get the "majority of the save opportunities," but not necessarily all of them.
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