PEORIA, AZ - MARCH 01: Arthur Rhodes #53 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the Seattle Mariners during spring training at Peoria Stadium on March 1, 2011 in Peoria, Arizona. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Arthur Rhodes
Arthur Rhodes has had a really good, lengthy career.
He started in the big leagues in 1991. That's right, 1991. But now, the 41-year-old lefty who the Rangers brought in this season is starting to show his age and could be reaching an end to a respectable MLB career.
Rhodes has struggled mightily in his last two appearances, and really over his last 10 appearances or so.
In his last 10 outings, a total of just 5 2/3 innings, he's given up 11 hits and six earned runs, hitting a low point on Monday night in the Rangers' blowout loss to the Tigers when he allowed two runs on four hits in just one inning pitched to let an already bad game get really out of hand in the ninth inning.
That came after his previous apperance in Tampa when he gave up two runs on two hits while recording just one out.
With the recent, albeit very recent, emergence of Michael Kirkman in the bullpen, the Rangers now have another lefty to give Rhodes a push that the ageless wonder might not be able to handle.
He'll get a few more chances but the Rangers are to the point now where they have to start doubting their trust in Rhodes, and if he doesn't turn it around soon he might be out the door.