K-Rod ties Thigpen, Big Whoop!

September 12, 2008 at 8:50 am 10 comments

(AP Photo/Mark Avery)

Last night Angels reliever Francisco Rodriguez made statistical history by tying Bobby Thigpen‘s save record at 57. In the famous words of Adam Sandler: “Whoopity Doo!”

The Angels entered the 9th inning of last night’s game up 7-3, a four run lead. Scot Shields comes in and puts two men on with no outs. Hey, guess what, a “save” opportunity is in place now.

Enter K-Rod.

K-Rod gets Ichiro to ground into a double play. Good job. Two outs with a man on third now. He then gives up an RBI single (run charged to Shields) and then another single before recording the last out on a groundball to first. He gets save number 57, throwing his arms to the sky.

What a save it was! He had a four run lead and allowed an inherited runner to score, ending the game with a three run lead. It doesn’t get any more nail biting than that.

The best part of K-Rod’s season is that his WHIP, BAA, K/BB, OBP against, OPS against, and this is the first year he has pitched less than an inning a game. Less than an inning per game!!!!

He has pitched in 69 games, spanning a mere 63.1 innings. He has yet to enter a game before the 9th inning, yet to pitch more than an inning, and roughly 2/3 of his saves have been with at least a two run lead.

Don’t get me wrong, K-Rod is a fantastic reliever, but by accumulating this ridiculous stat we refer to as a save he has been talked about in MVP conversation and Cy Young conversation while having arguably his worse season of his career.

If K-Rod is truly the closer (or the ace of the bullpen), then he should be the one in when the score is teid in the 8th, or when the Angels have a one run lead in the 8th with the 3-4-5 hitters due. Getting a save with a 3 or 4 run lead can be done by any big league reliever. When K-Rod cashes in this offseason after posting his worst numbers outside of the save he should thank his teammates this season for setting him up to record a ridicukous amount of ridiculous saves.

To conclude, you have to read this article about the closer. I swear Jim Caple took this article out of my brain.

-Jonathan C. Mitchell

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  • 1. Bil  |  September 12, 2008 at 9:33 am

    You fail to mention the times that he has came in with a 1 run lead with bases loaded and no outs and sealed the deal….I know this would be a wonderful accomplishment if it where a Tampa Bay Ray getting this record……once again the East coast Bias shows its face even if it is coming from Tampa Bay remember u have the west coast to thank for what is going on down there Joe Maddon is a product of the west coast

  • 2. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  September 12, 2008 at 9:48 am

    It passed my memeory but when did that happen? I know he loaded the bases against he A’s then escaped it with a one run lead but I can’t recall him coming in with the bases already loaded in a one run game.

    Sorry but there is no East Coast Bias here. I call it like I see it and the article is pointing more towards the save as a stat rather than K-Rod. It is saying that saves are a product of the team and that K-Rod has gotten a lot fo cheap saves. He is still a very good reliever but shouldn’t get any MVP talk.

  • 3. Charlie Nehl  |  September 12, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    There was also the “save” that was changed from a non-save to a save like a couple days after the game was completed.

    The Angels have taken quite a bit of heat with the claims of stat padding for KRod.

  • 4. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  September 12, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    Rightfully so. Not sure why though. Those saves will get thrown around this offseason and translated into big bucks for K-Rod. Unless the Angels don’t plan on signing him. Breaking the saves record will add dollars to the contract and for no reason.

  • 5. supremesportsjustice  |  September 12, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    I’m in agreement that this record does little for me. Plus…when I see a team like the Mets winning with Ayala, it just proves to me that any schmo can be a decent closer if the other team fails to hit the ball and you can throw the ball over the plate. It was always my belief that a closer is in that role because, for one reason or another, he couldn’t cut it as a starter (stamina, talent, injury prone, etc…). Sorry…veered off the subject a bit.

  • 6. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  September 12, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    If it wasn’t for the save stat we would see relievers used properly. K-Rod would come in against the best hitters even it was in the 8th. And so on. The article I linked to showed all the different Braves “closers” during their Division Championship run.

  • 7. Eddie  |  September 18, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    No Love for the angels. The one time they are recognized everyone bashes them but yet a yankee or a red sock could hit 2 doubles in a game and get praised for days on end. I dont care how you think but this is east coast bias. The point is he has 59 saves its not how he got them its the point that he has them. And not many closers come in in the 8th seriously. If you were a die hard angel fan you would also know this is not his worst season. Many people call him Rollercoaster Rodriguez because when he is on he is the best yes i said the BEST closer in baseball. when hes off thats another story, hes very hard to watch. His walks are up and K’s are down but by far this is not his worst year. what we angel fans need to be concerned about is the setup shields has been bad, even for scott shields. spier has been digustingly aweful and yet the new kid and likely future closer arredondo is kicking tail. wheter you like what i say or not bring it on Boston well see you in the first round and i think i may need that broom.

  • 8. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  September 19, 2008 at 9:01 am

    No disrespect to the Angels. This is more about the stat we call a save and how it is a joke and it has transformed the way teams use their bullpen and best pitcher. We can argue all day about K-Rod having his best or worst season but even if this is his worst it is still a great season. I think the Angels are smart and they won’t over pay K-Rod when the time comes in the offseason.

  • 9. Eddie  |  September 28, 2008 at 3:18 am

    Angels wont give him what he wants
    he wants 5years 75 million

    im willing to bet hes a MET next year with his number being 61 or 62 if he gets a save tomorrow

  • 10. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  September 28, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    I agree. The Angels are smart and I do think the Mets will be buyers on him.


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