Rodriguez -- who has made two starts this spring -- was clocked as high as 94 mph with his four-seam fastball this spring, according to Jessica Kleinschmidt of NBC Sports Bay Area. A 94 mph won't rile up too much excitement in today's age of power arms, but it is noteworthy that Rodriguez reached that velocity this early in spring after sitting at 92.1 mph last season. The 2018 Rookie of the Year candidate will look to build off last year's strong debut (2.81 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 2.5 K/BB ratio over 118.1 innings). Rodriguez will either slot second or third in the Giants' rotation to begin the regular season.
Rodriguez struck out one and allowed five runs on six hits and three walks over three innings in a 10-6 loss to the Dodgers on Saturday. He did not factor into the decision. Rodriguez allowed solo home runs to Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig in the first inning and then exited in the fourth inning after allowing two hits and a walk without recording an out. The 26-year-old ended his rookie campaign on a sour note but still posted a 2.81 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 89:36 K:BB across 118.1 innings.
Rodriguez gave up four earned runs over six innings in a no-decision against St. Louis on Saturday, allowing seven hits and one walk while striking out two. Rodriguez gave up only two runs through the first six innings but ran into trouble in the seventh when Yadier Molina hit a two-run homer. The 26-year-old has has been a pleasant surprise for the Giants over his 20 starts this season, compiling a 2.50 ERA and 1.08 WHIP along with an 88:33 K:BB.
Rodriguez (6-4) took the loss against the Rockies on Sunday, giving up three runs (one earned) on five hits over six innings, striking out five and walking three in the Giants' 3-2 defeat. The 26-year-old continues to deal, as he ended up with yet another solid final line but got dealt an unlucky defeat after getting tagged with two unearned runs. He's been a revelation for San Francisco this season, posting a 2.30 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP through 109.1 innings. If there's any knock on his fantasy output, it would be that his 86 strikeouts aren't eye-popping, but it's hard to complain about any starting pitcher posting the ratios Rodriguez is during his time at the big-league level so far.
Rodriguez (6-3) took the loss despite holding the Braves to two runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks while striking out three over 6.1 innings Monday. Despite being saddled with the loss, Rodriguez was effective against a tough Braves lineup, lowering his ERA to 2.35 in the process. The Rookie of the Year candidate fired 110 pitches, and manager Bruce Bochy said that he has "no concerns" regarding his young pitcher's career-high innings total (153.2 combined innings this year), John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. This news will come as a relief to Rodriguez's fantasy owners, as a potential shutdown appears unlikely. The 26-year-old will look to continue his impressive campaign in a home start against the Rockies on Sunday.