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Brewers' K-Rod unhappy he's not in closer's mix

Posted on: September 13, 2011 11:32 pm
Edited on: September 14, 2011 2:22 am
MILWAUKEE -- He's done his job. He's been a good soldier.

But if you think Francisco "K-Rod" Rodriguez is fine with pitching exclusively as a set-up man for first-place Milwaukee, you'd be wrong.

"I'm not fine," Rodriguez said Tuesday. "They told me I'd have the opportunity to close some games, and we've had 20-some save opportunities since then and I haven't even had one."

John Axford has earned 19 of his 42 saves since K-Rod's arrival. In 24 appearances, Rodriguez has worked only one ninth inning, in what was a 5-1 cruise over St. Louis on Aug. 10.

"I'm a little disappointed in that," said Rodriguez, who is 3-0 with a 2.31 ERA for the Brewers. "But that's something that's out of my hands."

Rodriguez will be a free agent this winter and figures he will return to closing in 2012.

Until then?

"Suck it up, pretty much," he said.

He apparently has not expressed these feelings of betrayal much to his teammates. No wonder, either, with Axford having converted a club-record 39 consecutive saves.

"He's been great," Axford says. "Coming to a new team, it takes a couple of days to adjust, but he jumped in pretty quickly.

"He's similar in attitude to the rest of us in the pen. It's a goofy group. Guys like to have fun. But we get serious at game time. That's the way he is, too. By the sixth or seventh inning, he's all business."

Initially, when the Brewers acquired Rodriguez, even Axford wasn't sure of what the roles would be -- his own, or K-Rod's.

"The biggest thing was, when I found out, I felt I did everything I could to that point to be the closer," Axford said. "But I wasn't going to argue if my role changed.

"We got Francisco to help the team. The important part wasn't was I going to close or was he?"

For his part, though he's unhappy he's not getting any save opportunities, Rodriguez has enjoyed his teammates and is looking forward to October.

"We've still got a couple of series to win to wrap up the division," he says.

Ironically, K-Rod could be in line for his first save opportunity Wednesday against Colorado. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke told reporters after Tuesday's 2-1, 11-inning win over the Rockies that, because he used Axford for two innings on Tuesday, Rodriguez will be his closer on Wednesday if a save situation arises.


Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2011 12:09 am

Brewers' K-Rod unhappy he's not in closer's mix

K-Rod. Remember this game when you blew the save? John Axford has 39 consecutive saves. Sit down and shut up.


Since: Sep 14, 2011
Posted on: September 14, 2011 11:38 pm

Brewers' K-Rod unhappy he's not in closer's mix

Dear K-Rod:

Your team is in first place. The closer has saved a million in a row and is better than you. Shut the !@#$!# up.

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: September 14, 2011 2:44 am

Brewers' K-Rod unhappy he's not in closer's mix

K-Rod's making $75,102.88 a game this year, Axford's making $2,731.48 per game. Not that 99.9% of the working class would balk at $2,731 per day but seriously dude take your 75k per game and quit f'n complaining.

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