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  1. “Francisco Rodney?” We can only hope he had the save potential of Francisco Rodriguez. The Angels closer yesterday was FERNANDO Rodney. And NO, there is no “Fernando-Mania” in LA over this fella.

    Comment by Frank in LA of A — April 1, 2011 @ 1:25 pm

  2. Please forgive my sleep-deprived brain.

    Comment by Joe Pawlikowski — April 1, 2011 @ 1:34 pm

  3. A Francisco Rodney sounds like Southern California slang for a heart attack.

    Comment by Kernel — April 1, 2011 @ 1:36 pm

  4. Rodney will give you a heart attack from time to time, but what isn’t talked about is that he figures out how to get the job done more often than not. Not an ideal closer, except when you look at the fact he only blew one save over a whole season the last time he was a closer in Detroit.

    Its like he doesn’t wake up until he walks a guy.

    Comment by johan — April 1, 2011 @ 2:12 pm

  5. Since the ball ultimately went foul, I don’t think you can qualify it as a near miss for Gordon.

    Comment by TomG — April 1, 2011 @ 2:50 pm

  6. Nearly missed the game-winning HR; nearly missed the foul pole.

    Comment by Joe Pawlikowski — April 1, 2011 @ 2:52 pm

  7. Yeah, yeah, yeah…bending linguistic biscuits with that one. Heh heh.

    Comment by TomG — April 1, 2011 @ 2:56 pm

  8. We need to remember with Gordon that while he absolutely looks better and has made some adjustments that should make him a better hitter, those mechanical issues had little to do with his approach and weaknesses with balls out of the strike zone. The adjustment Seitzer made should help him a lot with the off-speed stuff. But he’s one of those lefthanders that loves the high strike. Against a rookie fill-in fifth starter he can pull that pitch over the right field wall with regularity. Rodney is not great, but he’s got an elite high fastball. Kryptonite on day 1 take with a grain of salt. We’ll know if Gordon is going to be a decent regular if he’s able to follow Frenchy’s advice and “screw it, forget about it.” If he dwells on that weakness and yesterday’s result instead of staying the course, we’ll have our answer.

    Comment by Paul — April 1, 2011 @ 3:13 pm

  9. Every year for the past three years is a make or break year for Gordon. If he has his 2008 line .260/.351/.432 then I think he’ll keep his place on the team. If he does that for another 5-7 years; I wonder if every year people will be saying “This is a make or break year for…” He can play 3rd, 1st, LF, RF; so I’m guessing he’s going to be playing in the MLB for some time.

    Maybe we should call him “perennial break-out candidate” – that’d be more accurate.

    Comment by mcneo — April 1, 2011 @ 3:17 pm

  10. Too bad the Angels didn’t have John Axford yesterday. Gordon would definitely be a hero.

    Comment by Dan The Disgruntled Brewers Fan — April 1, 2011 @ 5:39 pm

  11. Awesome game-day look at a most classic up-the-ladder as you’re ever likely to see.

    Comment by Nathaniel Dawson — April 1, 2011 @ 11:05 pm

  12. So he had a bad day against Weaver who is a Cy Young caliber pitcher and almost hit a HR of their closer. This means less than ST stats. Good grief.

    Carl Crawford went 0-4 with 3 K’s today. Whats it mean? Nothing.

    Comment by pft — April 2, 2011 @ 12:51 am

  13. Borrowing from the late George Carlin:

    Here’s one they just made up: “near miss”. When Alex Gorden crushes the ball foul, they call it a near miss. IT’S A NEAR HIT. A home run is a near miss.

    Comment by Mac — April 2, 2011 @ 8:55 pm

  14. Gee, maybe that’s why the author wrote “Clearly we can’t read this as a portend of Gordon’s season.”

    Comment by Mac — April 2, 2011 @ 8:57 pm

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