A catching tandem that struggled to throw out baserunners hurt the team in the long run.
Pretty rough year behind the plate for the Bucs. Rod, thought to be an offensive upgrade but defensive downgrade compared to Ryan Doumit, disappointed greatly. His offense was terrible at best. His defense was almost impossible to watch as the opposing teams ran wild on the bases. The one upside to Rod’s season was how much he and A.J. Burnett connected, which probably added to A.J.’s success all season. McKenry was thought of mostly as a backup, but he played almost as many games as Rod. “The Fort” captivated Bucco fans with his clutch home runs, but that was about it. His defense wasn’t much better than Rod, and he couldn’t really be relied on as an every-day catcher. Serious upgrades need to be made behind the plate this offseason.