Keyboard is wet and I can't work under those conditions because I type so fast.
Oh ok. You twisted my arm. The thing is, and we can't say it enough, THIS IS WHO HENRY RODRIGUEZ IS. Lots of K's, bad control leading to lots of walks and WPs. This is who he has been in the majors. This is who he was in the minors. I'm going to go out on a limb and say this is who he was pitching amateur ball in Venezuela.
It has NOTHING to do with being a closer. He was great as a closer the first month. I know some will say "Oh but he was splitting the duty then" but you're being silly. If it was some sort of pressure thing why would he randomly have a bad game or two last year? Or in 2010 with Oakland? And why not early this year? Was he randomly feeling pressure the last two seasons and overcame that this year enough to be a great pitcher when splitting closer duty (which still has some pressure, no?) but once he began to close by himself he couldn't ignore the pressure and started failing all the time? Is THAT the story you want me to believe? Doesn't it make more sense to think this is what he does, and he just happened to have a nice 10 game streak to start the year followed by a bad one? It's not a shock his stats are what they are. It's a shock that he didn't have these bad games sooner. This isn't a situation issue, it's a distribution one.
But whatever, what's done is done. H-Rod likely won't be closing anytime soon (though Davey hasn't ruled out giving him one more chance) which most Nats fans are pleased with. What would be optimal is using whoever makes sense at the time. Clippard against a righty when you need a K. Burnett against a lefty. Stammen when you need a ground ball. But as I've said many times, that's not going to happen. The evolution of the whole "set inning role" bullpen over the last 30 years that gave us closers, set-up men, and 7th inning guys has given managers a pass on managing. Not only that, it's become so expected that to break from this standard is asking for criticism even if the results are the same as before. Lose a game because you put in the wrong reliever and it's on you. Lose a game because your set-up man or closer blew it, and it's on them.
At best expect a Stammen/Burnett pairing until Lidge comes back. At worst pick one of those (probably Stammen since Burnett is the lefty arm). It'll be fine whatever they choose, because those guys are fine relievers.