Eduardo Rodriguez began and ended his rookie season in fine form, but during an 11-game midseason stretch, he was wildly inconsistent, and sometimes just plain wild. It was encouraging to see Rodriguez finish out the year with a seven-start run in which he allowed no more than three earned runs in any appearance. He displayed the sharp control he demonstrated as a prospect, but Rodriguez frequently allowed hard contact. Until Rodriguez starts missing more bats or getting more grounders, he won't be a must-own option for standard mixed league owners, but he needs to be rostered in any format deeper than that.
Rodriguez has been working this offseason to improve the precision of his slider and the introduction of a cutter, the Providence Journal reports. The slider is seen as a critical third pitch for the left-hander against whom lefty hitters had a measure of success. Seven of his 13 homers surrendered were to left-handed hitters, and lefties slugged 159 points higher against him than righties.
Rodriguez said he's fixed the problem of tipping his pitches that arose last season with Boston, WEEI.com reports. Rodriguez's problems began June 14 in a loss to the Blue Jays, then re-surfaced spectacularly June 25 against the Orioles. He retired the first 10 batters faced, including five by strikeout, before a Chris Parmalee double got the O's rolling. Forced to pitch from the stretch, Rodriguez allowed seven straight hits and six runs before departing. He had been tipping pitches out of the stretch by the position of his head and glove. The left-hander said he had fixed the problem by the end of the last season -- a 2.22 ERA in his final four starts is evidence of that -- and he's been working all winter on his mechanics to remove any "tell" opponents can spot.
Red Sox rookie starter Eduardo Rodriguez won his 10th game Monday against the Yankees as he allowed just one run on seven hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out five. Rodriguez scattered the seven hits by holding the Yankees to just one extra-base hit, a Jacoby Ellsbury double. Rodriguez hasn't allowed more than three earned runs since August 12, a seven-start stretch in which Rodriguez owns a 34:9 K:BB and has lowered his ERA from 4.83 to 3.85. This is why Rodriguez was a coveted prospect and a run that should lock him into a starting spot next season.
Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez hurled a quality start in a no decision Monday against Tampa, as he allowed three runs on six hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out four. Rodriguez was sharp, as he induced 12 swinging strikes in just 91 pitches. He tossed five shutout innings after a three-run first, which included an infield single RBI from Logan Forsythe. Rodriguez owns a 3.97 ERA in in 115 2/3 MLB innings and will likely make only one more start this year, as his 164 innings between MLB and the minors is the most of his career.
Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez will make his next start Monday in Tampa Bay, Scott Lauber of The Boston Herald reports. Red Sox interim manager Torey Lovullo said that Rodriguez will be limited to between 10 and 15 innings the rest of the season, which likely amounts to two starts. The rookie has already covered 158 innings between Triple-A Pawtucket and the big leagues this season, but hasn't shown any signs of the workload overwhelming him. He struck out nine batters in just 5 1/3 innings his last time out against the Orioles.