I may be among some of the last people on this planet who still believe inHenry Rodriguez, but I still believe in Henry Rodriguez. Anyone that has watched him pitch over the last two seasons has seen the flashes of brilliance like the time he was so dominant David Ross bunted with two strikes and two outs, or the time he made the Reds look foolish in route to getting a save on just 10 pitches. But it cannot be denied that Henry Rodriguez has pitched poorly this spring. He has walked ten batters and struck out only seven in 8 2/3 innings pitched against talent that Baseball Reference ranks around the AA level.
From the looks of things the Nationals are more than likely going to start Henry Rodriguez on the DL. He hasn't gotten it together in a number of days and has pitched like the strike zone is a mystery worthy of Hercule Poirot. He could use the time in extended spring or AA to find even a modicum of command, because even in a mop-up role a 10.4 BB/9 is going to turn a blowout into either a bigger blowout or a close game, and it could end up that the other Nationals relievers can't put out the fire that Henry Rodriguez is going to start. Read More