Rodriguez allowed one earned run on two hits in two-thirds of an inning Sunday, notching his sixth save in a 6-5 win over the Cubs. He struck out one batter.
Rodriguez saw his 29-man consecutive retired streak end Sunday while giving up his first run of the season. He labored through 26 pitches (including 18 for strikes) but improved to 6-for-6 in save opportunities. With seven home games on tap for the coming week, Rodriguez could be in line for additional save opportunities.
Rodriguez retired the side in order with one strikeout during the ninth inning to record the save during Tuesday's 2-1 win over Kansas City.
The 31-year-old needed only nine pitches to put down the Royals and remains perfect to begin the season for the Pirates. Rodriguez has allowed only two baserunners all season with a 10:1 K:BB over 10.1 scoreless innings while going 4-for-4 in save opportunities.
Rodriguez struck out one batter in a scoreless ninth inning in Saturday's 6-2 win over Minnesota.
He threw only eight pitches (including six strikes) to set down the Twins in order. Rodriguez has not allowed a run, earned or unearned, in his last 22 appearances dating back to Aug. 30 of last year. He's thrown 20 scoreless innings over that stretch, compiling four wins, five saves and a 25:4 K:BB.
Rodriguez did not allow a baserunner and struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save Thursday against the Tigers.
Rodriguez was called upon to protect a two-run lead and did so effectively. He's started the season with 8.1 scoreless frames and is a perfect 3-for-3 in save opportunities.
Rodriguez pitched a perfect seventh inning to earn the save in the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader versus the Tigers.
Rodriguez got one groundout and two flyouts to lock down his second save of the year. Across 7.1 innings, he's allowed just one hit and a walk with seven strikeouts this year. Rodriguez remains the clear closer in Pittsburgh, although save chances haven't been all that frequent.
Rodriguez (1-0) pitched two perfect innings with two strikeouts to earn the win in Sunday's extra-inning victory over the Brewers.
Rodriguez entered with the game tied at 5-5 in the ninth inning and retired the side on 12 pitches. He had enough left to stay in the game in the 10th after the Pirates took the lead, and after 12 more pitches, he earned his first win of the year. The 31-year-old has allowed just a hit and a walk with seven strikeouts in 6.1 innings this season. Rodriguez also has one save.
Rodriguez earned the save in Thursday's win over the Cubs after tossing a scoreless ninth inning, walking one and striking out two.
Rodriguez closed the door on the Cubs on Thursday, and the 31-year-old reliever put the finishing touches on a stellar performance from the Pirates' bullpen -- they allowed just one run across six frames between six hurlers. Rodriguez, who tossed eight of his 14 pitches for strikes, posted a career-best 0.86 WHIP to go along with a 2.70 ERA in 23.1 innings last season, and he looks set to collect most of Pittsburgh's save opportunities as long as he remains effective.
Rodriguez gave up two runs (one earned) on two hits in one inning against Minnesota on Monday. He struck out one batter.
He's given up one run in five of his seven spring outings. The team hasn't revealed whether it will go with one closer or a bullpen-by-committee, but Rodriguez has done little this spring to lock down the closer's job. Kyle Crick and David Bednar are also in the mix for late-inning work.
Rodriguez gave up one earned run in 1.1 innings against Baltimore on Thursday, allowing two hits and no walks while striking out one batter.
He came in to pitch against the Orioles' starting lineup with two outs and two on in the second inning, and promptly served up a three-run homer to Ryan Mountcastle. Rodriguez finished 2020 as the Pirates' closer, but manager Derek Shelton has not named a closer for this season. In fact, he's hinted at the possibility of a closer committee or using Rodriguez in a setup role to start 2021. The righty has registered a 6.35 ERA, 2.12 WHIP and 9:1 K:BB in 5.2 spring innings.
Rodriguez, who has allowed three earned runs on nine hits and one walk in 4.1 innings this spring, has not been named the team's closer, Jake Crouse of MLB.com reports.
He's looked upon as the team's default closer after saving four games at the end of 2020, but manager Derek Shelton has said he feels Rodriguez is better equipped as a setup man. Kyle Crick has gained velocity back this spring, while the most impressive reliever in camp may be David Bednar. Rodriguez still has a decent chance of closing, as the rebuilding organization would probably like to flip the right-hander and his highest value might be as a closer, but the team hasn't decided on a specific bullpen role for him or anyone else at this point.
Rodriguez struck out three in a scoreless inning against the Yankees on Wednesday. He allowed one hit and no walks, DK Pittsburgh Sports reports.
While manager Derek Shelton has shied away from naming a closer, he used Keone Kela in that role last season. "Having a guy who specifically pitches the ninth? Yeah, I would love for there to be one guy who does that," Shelton said. "Do I know if we'll get there this year? No. To say one way or another, I don't think it's fair." Rodriguez collected four saves in 2020 once he moved into the position. As a result, there's a pretty good chance he'll start 2021 as the team's closer; just keep in mind that the rebuilding organization could trade Rodriguez at some point during the season.
Rodriguez signed a one-year, $1.7 million contract with the Pirates on Friday to avoid arbitration, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
The 30-year-old finished 2020 as Pittsburgh's closer and will make $1.7 million in his first year of arbitration eligibility. Rodriguez had a 2.70 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 34:5 K:BB over 23.1 innings last season, and he should begin spring training as the favorite for the closer's job again in 2021.
Rodriguez allowed one hit while striking out the side in the ninth to secure his fourth save of the season Wednesday against the Cubs.
Rodriguez struck out Javier Baez to open up the ninth before allowing Jason Kipnis to reach on an infield single. The right-hander then was able to get David Bote to chase at a slider in the dirt for the second out but the runner was able to advance to second on the wild pitch. The last out didn't come easy as Rodriguez needed nine pitches before finally getting Ian Happ to whiff for strike three as he earned the save. The 30-year-old has not allowed a run over his last 11 appearances as he lowered his ERA to a 2.70 while posting an impressive 0.86 WHIP and 34:5 K:BB across 23.1 innings.
Rodriguez notched his second win in three days Tuesday, hurling a scoreless ninth inning in a 5-4 victory over the White Sox.
Since allowing runs in three of four outings in late August, Rodriguez has registered six scoreless innings in his last six games. With Keone Kela still on the Injured List, Rodriguez appears set for additional save opportunities. The 30-year-old has picked up three saves while compiling a 3.38 ERA and 0.75 WHIP in 18.2 innings. Opponents are batting just .164 off the righty.
Rodriguez pitched a scoreless seventh inning in the second game of Friday's doubleheader against the Reds to earn his third save of the season. He did not record a strikeout.
Called upon to protect a one-run lead, Rodriguez retired the side on 12 pitches to nail down the win for Pittsburgh. He allowed three balls in play but all three were softly hit; Shogo Akiyama and Tucker Barnhart popped up in the infield and Jose Garcia hit a soft grounder to first base. With that, Rodriguez is 3-for-4 in save chances with a 3.78 ERA and 0.78 WHIP in 16.2 total innings. Meanwhile, as of Wednesday, Keone Kela (forearm) still has not thrown off a mound.
Rodriguez struck out the side in a scoreless ninth inning during Thursday's 6-2 win over the Cubs.
After a shaky outing in which he allowed two runs and blew the save against the Brewers on Aug. 29, Rodriguez has now tossed three scoreless innings while allowing just one hit across his last three appearances. Although Thursday did not mark a save opportunity, Rodriguez still seems to be a strong candidate to receive chances to close while Keone Kela (forearm) continues to rehab.
Rodriguez (0-2) took the loss and the blown save against Milwaukee on Saturday, allowing two runs on one hit and one walk while failing to retire a batter.
Rodriguez was summoned in the bottom of the ninth inning to protect a one-run lead, but he began the inning by walking Jace Peterson and saw his night end when the next batter, Eric Sogard, walked him off. Rodriguez was shaky despite notching a save in his previous appearance, so it wouldn't be shocking if Pittsburgh goes in another direction the next time a save opportunity arises.
Rodriguez picked up the save Thursday in the first game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Cardinals, giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits in one inning while striking out a pair.
Rodriguez lacked efficiency and needed 26 pitches (21 strikes). He looked shaky before striking out the final two hitters. The right-hander may have to compete with Nik Turley for saves as the lefty threw a clean inning to record a save in the nightcap of Thursday's twin bill.
Rodriguez picked up the save in Sunday's win over the Brewers, striking out two in a scoreless ninth inning.
With regular closer Keone Kela still dealing with forearm tightness, Rodriguez was given his first save chance Sunday. He did well with the opportunity, striking out a pair in a three-up, three-down ninth. Kela is still considered day-to-day, but if his absence extends beyond Sunday, Rodriguez could be called upon to get more saves in the coming days.
Rodriguez (0-1) was charged with the loss Sunday against the Tigers, allowing a run over two innings and striking out three while giving up one hit.
It wasn't that bad of an outing for Rodriguez, but it was enough in a game with no margin for error. With both Kyle Crick and Nick Burdi on the IL and Keone Kela still working his way back from the COVID-19 IL, Rodriguez had a chance to step in and pick up a few spare saves. However, the Pirates are off for three days thanks to their series against the Cardinals being postponed, and Kela could be back soon.
|Last 7 Games|
|05/09||@ CHC||W 6-5||1||0.2||2||1||0||1|
|05/04||@ SD||W 2-1||1||1.0||0||0||0||0|
|05/02||vs STL||L 0-3||1.0||0||0||0||0|
|04/27||vs KC||W 2-1||1||1.0||0||0||0||1|
|04/24||@ MIN||W 6-2||1.0||0||0||0||1|
|04/22||@ DET||W 4-2||1||1.0||0||0||0||1|
|04/21||@ DET||W 3-2||1||1.0||0||0||0||0|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2013||AFX-Quad Cities River Ba||23.1||14||0||0||0||1||0||18||10||29||7.40||1.688|
|2014||AAA-Oklahoma City Redhaw||28.1||16||0||0||2||0||0||23||6||19||3.52||0.890|
|2014||AA-Corpus Christi Hooks||20.2||11||0||0||0||2||0||28||2||21||3.12||1.139|