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Astros’ Fernando Rodriguez takes eighth relief loss of season

Jul 8, 2012, 6:22 PM EDT

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Fernando Rodriguez might make a name for himself after all, just not in a good way.

The Astros right-hander took his eighth relief loss after giving up two runs in the 10th inning Sunday against the Brewers. His ERA jumped to 6.61.

Rodriguez has 34 strikeouts in 32 2/3 innings this season, but his poor pitching could get him demoted anyway. If so, he might avoid becoming just the eighth reliever since 2000 and first since 2008 to lose to 10 games:

Luis Ayala – 12 losses – 2004 Expos
Scot Shields – 11 losses – 2005 Angels
Luis Ayala – 10 losses – 2008 Nationals/Mets
Yhency Brazoban – 10 losses – 2005 Dodgers
Jose Jimenez – 10 losses – 2002 Rockies
Al Levine – 10 losses – 2001 Angels
Derek Lowe – 10 losses – 2001 Red Sox

Ayala (2.69) and Shields (2.75) both had great ERAs in the seasons in which they top the list, and Shields actually had 10 wins to go against his 11 losses. Ayala’s second 10-loss season was closer to what one might expect; he had a 5.71 ERA that year.

The major league record for relief losses in a season belongs to the Braves’ Gene Garber. He lost 16 games while throwing 106 innings in 1979. All of the 23 relievers to lose at least 12 games in a season did so while throwing at least 90 innings. In general, one has to be pretty good to get that much work in close games.

That doesn’t explain Rodriguez, though.

  1. rollinghighwayblues - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    I will come to the defense of Rodriguez today. In my opinion, if Brad Mills wasn’t playing thumb-up-his-ass today, Rodriguez would not have been put in the position to even pitch today, and worse, maybe could’ve gave Jordan Lyles a chance to get a hard earned victory. But the Astros strike again…in the category named, “incompetence”.

    Astros clinging to a one run lead in the 8th innning (mind you the Astros have not gotten a base hit since the first inning) Brewers have the tying run on second base, one out and an open base at first. Who strolls up to the plate? National League MVP, Ryan Braun. On the mound is Brandon Lyon and one thinks that he will give him a free pass to get to the double-play threat on deck in Aramis Ramirez. Hell no. Lyon “goes after em” and hangs a slider as Braun drives it into left center field to tie the game and slowly shut the trap door on the Astros.

    Maybe what rubbed this in my face the worse was the fact that Mills decided to walk Braun in the 10th inning while first base was open. Where were you two innings ago, you imbecile?

    I refuse to hear any Brad Mills apologists.

    • stex52 - Jul 9, 2012 at 8:58 AM

      I’ve tried being a Mills apologist. It’s just not working lately.

  2. Old Gator - Jul 8, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    Heath Bell, meet Fernando Rodriguez. Fernando Rodriguez, this here is Heath Bell. Here’s two pails and two shovels. Now go play in the sandbox and don’t fight.

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