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Davey Johnson’s Daily “Henry Rodriguez is still our closer” update

May 15, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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After Henry Rodriguez gave up that walkoff grand slam to Joey Votto on Sunday, Nationals manager Davey Johnson made it clear that Rodriguez is still the closer.  He had to do it again last night:

This after Rodriguez came in with a three-run lead in the ninth, only to get yanked after walking the bases full.  Sean Burnett put out the fire, though, inducing a weak comebacker which led to the game-ending double play.

Can’t help but think that this can’t go much longer. It’s hard to yank Rodriguez given his amazing stuff, but if he doesn’t know where it’s going, it can’t be long before Davey gives Craig Stammen or Ryan Matheus or someone else a chance.

  1. runyetirun - May 15, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    In addition he hit the sportswriter, the public address announcer, the bull mascot twice… all new league records!

    • jimbo1949 - May 15, 2012 at 11:01 AM

      Nice ref

    • natstowngreg - May 15, 2012 at 1:07 PM

      Bull Durham references get a thumbs up.

  2. sdelmonte - May 15, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Take out the last line from Davey, and this could be Terry Collins before last night’s game as well.

  3. heyblueyoustink - May 15, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    A Nats post without a Bryce Harper reference? Heresey I tell ya!

  4. jimbo1949 - May 15, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    “Bad Henrys” in two consecutive nights, hope the leash gets shorter or he gets a night off.

    • natstowngreg - May 15, 2012 at 1:22 PM

      That’s Bad Henry(tm), thank you very much. :)

      Davey has to support his closer, but there has to be a limit. Starting Friday, the Nats have the tough part of their schedule, vs. the entire NL East and AL East (starting with the surprising Orioles).

      Craig Stammen has been a revelation thus far. 1.29 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, 23 K in 21 IP, 3 vulture wins. It’s unclear whether Davey thinks Stammen has the makeup to pitch the 9th with a one- or two-run lead. Meanwhile, Tyler Clippard (7 straight hitless innings, one unearned run) seems to be in the 8th-inning slot, period.

  5. foreverchipper10 - May 15, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    Any word on when Storen or even Lidge could come back? I’m sure either of those two would take the job as soon as they are healthy if Henry continues to struggle.

    Sidebar: They should give out Oh Henry bars as a promotion for how the Nats fans feel after he gives them all heart attacks in the 9th.

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