The Importance of Being Ernie Broglio (and his 2 stinky saves).
When the Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays begin a three-game series Tuesday at Camden Yards, the two most effective relievers in the American League will be in uniform.
It’s fair to speculate that without Orioles closer Jim Johnson and Rays closer Fernando Rodney, their teams probably wouldn’t be in playoff contention.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter has said all season that Johnson’s steadying presence in the back of the bullpen and in the clubhouse has been one of, if not the most important element, in the club’s surprising success.
And how essential has Rodney been to a Rays team that has continually had to overcome injury to be one game behind the Orioles in the AL Wild Card race?
“Kind of like oxygen,” quipped Rays manager Joe Maddon.
...Johnson said if he had a vote, he would potentially give it to Rodney, the guy anchoring the opposing bullpen this week. Especially considering Rodney, who has a 0.69 ERA and 66 strikeouts in 65 1/3 innings pitched, was supposed to be a set-up man but was thrust into the main role when Kyle Farnsworth was sidelined due to injury.
“Yeah, just the numbers he has had this year and what he has done for that club is just unbelievable,” Johnson said.
But here’s the big question: Would Johnson vote for himself for Cy Young over Rodney and all those excellent starters.
“No,” snapped the no-nonsense Johnson. “Because I wouldn’t. What do you want me to say?”
Posted: September 10, 2012 at 05:52 PM | 18 comment(s)
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