The Case of K-Rod: Worry Time?

Michael GanciCorrespondent IOctober 8, 2009

NEW YORK - AUGUST 20:  Francisco Rodriguez #75 of the New York Mets pitches during the game against the Atlanta Braves on August 20, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)


Francisco Rodriguez was certainly not impressive as the season winded down for the Mets this season, and many people are wondering if he may be burnt out from his record-setting season in 2008. I don’t think that is the case at all. We all know that with K-Rod, it always seems like a case of motivation.

I get the concern. He had an ERA of over 6.00 in the second half, but he also had an ERA under 2.00 before the all star break. The Mets were still hanging on by a thread then, so the thrill of competition was still fresh in the back of Franky’s head.

This must have been a real slap in the face of reality to K-Rod, seeing as he has been on a successful Los Angeles Angels team since 2002. All he has known in his career is winning and success. That’s usually the case when you have an awesome manager like Mike Scioscia.

There’s no reason to worry. When the Mets come back with their full arsenal next year, I am sure they will be back in contention. Look at our front line. We have Wright, Reyes, Beltran, Santana, and K-Rod. Add an established starter like Lackey and an established power hitter like Matt Holliday, and we will be in business.

There are plenty of things that we can be worried about when thinking about next year’s team, but you can bet your bottom that Francisco Rodriguez is not one of them.