Fuentes worth owning more than Rodney
June, 7, 2010
By Eric Karabell | ESPN Insider
Los Angeles Angels closer Brian Fuentes sports a 5.93 ERA and has allowed five home runs this season, numbers that Fernando Rodney owners point to as evidence a ninth-inning change should be made. Angels manager Mike Scioscia hears the calls, especially after Fuentes served up a Willie Bloomquist home run late last week, slicing a three-run lead to one. Fuentes still earned the save, but ... Willie Bloomquist? Really?
"Tito [Fuentes] would be the first one to say he's missing his spots right now," Scioscia told the Los Angeles Daily News on Friday. "But if we take him from the ninth [inning] to the eighth, it doesn't help -- you can lose a game in the eighth inning just as easily as in the ninth."
AP Photo/Elaine ThompsonIt hasn't always been pretty, but Brian Fuentes does have 55 saves with the Angels.