Rodriguez (8-1) allowed two runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out four over 5.2 innings in Tuesday's 6-4 win over the Orioles. While the results are good -- Rodriguez is 8-1 with a 3.64 ERA -- this was the eighth time in 13 starts that he's failed to pitch six innings and manager Alex Cora wants more. "Eduardo was good; I think the next step for him is to go deeper into the game and keep that pitch count down," Cora told Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald. Getting deep into games has been a struggle for Rodriguez throughout his career in Boston. Being able to put batters away earlier in counts, particularly with his changeup, is the next step in his development. "Sometimes we feel like with his stuff he can bury guys right away," Cora said. Rodriguez will try to put that plan into place Sunday on the road against the Mariners.
Rodriguez (6-1) allowed two runs on three hits and a walk while striking out seven over 6.2 innings in Wednesday's 6-4 win over the Blue Jays. Rodriguez stayed on a roll Wednesday, tying his season high for innings and retiring the first 13 batters faced. A couple of mistakes cost him runs in the sixth inning, but he was as sharp as he's been all season and worked ahead in the count, throwing first-pitch strikes to 19 of 23 hitters faced. Getting deep into games has been a recurring issue for the left-hander, but getting those early strikes helped keep his pitch count down early in the game. Rodriguez has a 2.25 ERA over his last five starts as he prepares for his next turn Tuesday against the Tigers.
Rodriguez (5-1) got the win against the Braves on Friday, giving up two earned runs on six hits over 5.2 innings, striking out seven and walking three as the Red Sox ended up with a 6-2 victory. Rodriguez has been sharp of late, with just five earned runs to his name and a 26:6 K:BB over his last 21.1 innings. His 4.02 ERA on the season still isn't spectacular, but that's a bit inflated thanks to a pair of rough starts on April 30 and May 5 where he gave up five earned runs each in back-to-back outings. With Rodriguez, the main question has always been whether he can stay healthy enough to put his skills to good use over the course of an entire season. If 2018 turns out to be the year where he finally does so, he certainly has the talent to put up good fantasy numbers.
Rodriguez allowed no runs on nine hits while striking out seven across 5.2 innings Sunday as he picked up the win in a 5-0 victory over the Orioles. Despite giving up nine hits, Rodriguez was able to escape with a win after being lifted with two outs in the sixth -- he was just one out short of putting together a quality start. Through nine outings this season, the 25-year-old is sporting a 4.13 ERA and 1.25 WHIP to go along with 58 strikeouts across 48 innings. Rodriguez will aim to record his fifth victory of the year in his next start, which figures to come Saturday against the Braves.
Rodriguez (3-1) allowed three runs on six hits while striking out four over five innings Tuesday against the Athletics. Rodriguez allowed singles to the first two hitters of the contest before Matt Chapman drove a two-run double to right field with two outs in the frame. The lefty was then taken deep by Stephen Piscotty in the second inning but was able to follow that up with three consecutive scoreless frames to keep the Red Sox within striking distance. Rodriguez has been inconsistent in the early going this year, but his strikeout upside makes him worthy of fantasy consideration in most formats.