In his first and third starts, Rodriguez got lit up for 12 runs on 18 hits in nine innings. In his second and fourth starts, he allowed two runs on 11 hits in 14 innings.
Wandy the artist took the mound Tuesday night at Citi Field, pitching the Astros to a 6-1 victory against the New York Mets. He limited the Mets to one run on three hits in seven innings, laying the groundwork for the Astros' first victory this season in six series openers.
"He's good," manager Brad Mills said. "So every time out, we're expecting him to have a good start."
The Astros' expectation coming into the season was for starting pitching to be a strength. Brett Myers has held up his end of the bargain (2.39 ERA), but he has only one victory to show for four starts. Nobody else in the rotation has an ERA that starts with a number below 5: Rodriguez (5.48), J.A. Happ (5.79), Bud Norris (5.06) and Nelson Figueroa (7.31).
"I've had bad, good, bad, good," Rodriguez said. "I want to stay consistent. I want to have quality starts. When I have good location, I can make good pitches."
In Mills' estimation, more consistency from Rodriguez is only a starting point of what the Astros need to dig out of their 6-11 start.
"Not just Wandy," Mills said. "All the guys. They're good. We just need to get it rolling. When you see Brett throw it like he's been throwing it this year, and Wandy gets it going, now Bud sees that and he wants to do it. Everybody wants to add on. It kind of snowballs."
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