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Jerry Manuel must rethink K-Rod's role

Mets skipper wastes Francisco Rodriguez by not using him in close games on road

Updated: August 3, 2010, 7:06 PM ET
By Matt Meyers | ESPN The Magazine

There are two types of people in this world: those who believe that certain relief pitchers possess some sort of extra-special moxie that allows them to preserve leads of up to three runs in the ninth inning, and those who don't.

Mets manager Jerry Manuel is clearly among the former, as evidenced by how he has used closer Francisco Rodriguez over the past two seasons. At no time was this more evident than on the Mets' most recent road trip. The club went 2-9 in that stretch and lost ...

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