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Pittsburgh Pirates

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July 17, 2020 12:20 AM
Pirates' Richard Rodriguez: Could see higher-leverage role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rodriguez may be in the mix for high-leverage opportunities with Keone Kela (undisclosed) absent from summer training, DK Pittsburgh Sports reports.

Kyle Crick is the likely favorite for the closer's role should Kela miss game action, but Rodriguez could then be utilized in a setup role. The 30-year-old had a 3.72 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 63:23 K:BB over 65.1 innings last season while recording 16 holds, but his season was marred by inconsistency.

March 31, 2020 11:04 PM
Pirates' Richard Rodriguez: Provides depth as part of bullpen
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rodriguez pitched well in Grapefruit League action, allowing just one run in five innings. He struck out seven batters without giving up a walk.

Struggles with the long ball earned him a temporary trip to the minors last season as his home run rate nearly tripled from 0.65 HR/9 in 2018 to 1.93 HR/9 in 2019. Despite his time in Triple-A, Rodriguez still led Pittsburgh with 72 appearances. He collected four wins, 16 holds and one save, registering a 3.72 ERA in 65.1 innings. While the righty isn't expected to compete for saves, he could help fantasy owners in the holds category once again in 2020.

September 19, 2019 05:12 PM
Pirates' Richard Rodriguez: May get save chances
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rodriguez could be in line for save opportunities with Felipe Vazquez on the restricted list.

Keone Kela has the experience factor with 27 career saves, but Rodriguez leads the team in holds with 15 and pitched in the eighth inning directly ahead of Vazquez on Sept. 9 and Sept. 12. Keep in mind that Kela has dealt with some disciplinary issues -- he served a short, team-imposed suspension in July before serving a 10-game ban for intentionally throwing at a batter -- as well as more shoulder trouble this year.

August 20, 2019 12:20 PM
Pirates' Richard Rodriguez: Returns from IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Pirates reinstated Rodriguez (shoulder) from the 10-day injured list Tuesday.

Pittsburgh shipped out fellow reliever Montana DuRapau to Triple-A Indianapolis in a corresponding move. Rodriguez was sidelined for the minimum amount of time with right elbow inflammation and should step back into a middle-innings or setup role for Pittsburgh.

August 12, 2019 10:40 PM
Pirates' Richard Rodriguez: Out with shoulder inflammation
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rodriguez was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday due to right shoulder inflammation, retroactive to Saturday, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.

Rodriguez appears to have suffered the injury during Saturday's nightmare outing against the Cardinals, where he allowed four runs (three earned) on three hits while recording just one out. Mitch Keller was recalled from Triple-A in a corresponding move.

August 6, 2019 06:00 PM
Pirates' Richard Rodriguez: Activated from paternity list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rodriguez (paternity) was reinstated prior to Tuesday's game against the Brewers.

He has a 1.17 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and five strikeouts in 7.2 innings (nine appearances) since the All-Star break. Look for him to work in mid-leverage spots going forward.

August 6, 2019 02:36 AM
Pirates' Richard Rodriguez: Slated for return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rodriguez is expected to return from paternity leave prior to Tuesday's game against the Brewers, Adam Berry of reports.

Rodriguez was placed on the paternity list Saturday, but he's on track to return to the team for the second game of Pittsburgh's series with Milwaukee. He's made six straight appearances without giving up a run (4.2 innings) while fanning four over that stretch.

August 3, 2019 03:56 PM
Pirates' Richard Rodriguez: Away on paternity leave
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rodriguez was placed on the paternity list Saturday.

Players may spend anywhere from one to three games on paternity leave, so Rodriguez could return any time from Sunday to Tuesday. Parker Markel was recalled to take his place in the bullpen.

July 22, 2019 12:28 PM
Pirates' Richard Rodriguez: Pitching well since May
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rodriguez struck out one batter in a scoreless inning against Philadelphia on Sunday.

After a poor start to 2019, Rodriguez has become one of the team's few reliable relief options. The righty has compiled scoreless outings in 20 of his last 21 appearances. Since the beginning of June, Rodriguez has registered a 0.42 ERA and 17:8 K:BB in 21.1 innings. It's unlikely the Pirates would turn to the 29-year-old as their closer in a post-Felipe Vazquez scenario, but the possibility exists, especially if Kyle Crick and Keone Kela (shoulder) struggle.

May 28, 2019 05:36 PM
Pirates' Richard Rodriguez: Promoted to big leagues
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rodriguez was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Rodriguez was called up as the 26th man for Monday's doubleheader, but rather than send him right back to the minors, Pittsburgh has elected to recall him from Indianapolis. Mitch Keller was optioned in a corresponding move.

May 27, 2019 12:48 PM
Pirates' Richard Rodriguez: Recalled for doubleheader
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rodriguez was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday for the team's doubleheader against the Reds.

Rodriguez began the season with the big-league club but struggled to a 5.49 ERA and 1.63 WHIP across 19.2 innings. He was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on May 17 and has performed well in limited work, striking out three and allowing one earned run across three innings. He'll serve as the team's 26th man for its doubleheader Monday, so his stay in the majors may be short.

May 17, 2019 07:12 PM
Pirates' Richard Rodriguez: Sent to Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rodriguez was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday, Adam Berry of reports.

Rodriguez hasn't been able to find the same success he had back in 2018 this year, posting a 5.49 ERA and 1.63 WHIP with a 16:9 K:BB over 19.2 frames. He'll head to the minor leagues with the hope of turning things around soon.

April 30, 2019 12:16 PM
Pirates' Richard Rodriguez: Rough results in April
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rodriguez is off to a slow start, registering a 4.38 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in 12.1 relief innings for the Pirates.

He has one save and four holds but has struggled with baserunners and homers -- he's already allowed four -- in April. By comparison, Rodriguez gave up five home runs in 69.1 innings last season. The right-hander, who relies on a deceptive delivery, has seen a jump in contact rate from 71.8 percent in 2018 to 81.5 percent. He's not fooling batters and is in jeopardy of losing out on high-leverage opportunities.

April 2, 2019 05:28 PM
Pirates' Richard Rodriguez: Struggling out of 'pen
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rodriguez allowed three runs (two earned) without retiring a St. Louis batter Monday. He hit one batter and gave up a two-run homer to Kolten Wong.

The 29-year-old has pitched poorly in both of his outings, allowing home runs to left-handed batters in each game. Rodriguez surrendered one homer in 130 plate appearances to lefties in 2018. The righty registered a surprising 2.47 ERA in 69.1 innings last season but is in jeopardy of becoming labeled as a one-year wonder without a quick rebound.

March 26, 2019 12:44 PM
Pirates' Richard Rodriguez: Easy, breezy spring
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rodriguez pitched a scoreless first inning against the Astros on Monday, striking out one batter.

He's allowed just one run in 7.1 innings, crafting a 9:1 K:BB this spring. The 29-year-old is expected to serve as a bridge to the late-inning relievers, but he could see his own role bumped up a notch if Kyle Crick continues to struggle. Even so, Rodriguez won't likely receive many save opportunities, but he might see an increase in holds. The right-hander registered 15 holds in 2018, though he didn't record his first hold until early June.

August 15, 2018 01:45 PM
Pirates' Richard Rodriguez: Gives up more runs Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rodriguez allowed two earned runs on three hits in two innings against Minnesota on Tuesday.

The righty served up a two-run homer to Miguel Sano following a bloop double from Eddie Rosario. Rodriguez has now given up eight earned runs in his last 10.1 innings covering nine games. He's also walked five batters over the span after issuing only eight free passes in his first 39.1 innings. Rodriguez has become a risky commodity in recent weeks.

June 18, 2018 04:36 PM
Pirates' Richard Rodriguez: Activated from disabled list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rodriguez (shoulder) was activated from the 10-day disabled list Monday.

Rodriguez needed just a brief stay on the disabled list to get over the bout of shoulder inflammation that sidelined him earlier in June. The 28-year-old should quickly work back into a high-leverage relief role thanks to the 2.38 ERA and 33:3 K:BB he posted across 22.2 innings prior to landing on the shelf. Dovydas Neverauskas was sent to the minors to free up a roster spot for Rodriguez.

June 16, 2018 04:00 PM
Pirates' Richard Rodriguez: Throws simulated game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rodriguez (shoulder) threw a simulated game Saturday, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Rodriguez has been out since June 8 with right shoulder inflammation, though the simulated game suggests he's making progress and nearing a return. Prior to the injury, the 28-year-old tossed 22.2 innings with a 2.38 ERA, striking out an excellent 36.3 percent of batters while walking just 3.3 percent.

June 8, 2018 01:56 PM
Pirates' Richard Rodriguez: Heads to disabled list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rodriguez was placed on the 10-day disabled list Friday with right shoulder inflammation, Elizabeth Bloom of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Rodriguez started the season with 31 strikeouts and only three runs allowed over his first 16 appearances (19.1 innings), but has given up three runs over his past six outings (3.1 innings). The 28-year-old has a 2.38 ERA and 1.15 WHIP and will be eligible to come off the disabled list June 17, since the move is retroactive to Thursday.

June 4, 2018 01:52 PM
Pirates' Richard Rodriguez: Struggles over weekend
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rodriguez, who has allowed three earned runs in his last 1.2 innings, has failed to take advantage of an expanded bullpen role.

On Saturday he surrendered a walk-off homer to the only batter he faced. The righty then entered Sunday's game with his team trailing by five runs in a much lower-leveraged situation. Closer Felipe Vazquez has struggled mightily in the last couple weeks, but Rodriguez has seen his own standing drop. General manager Neal Huntington said Sunday that the bullpen will likely go with the hot hand in setup roles, meaning Rodriguez conceivably could get another shot -- but only if he shows signs of improvement.

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vs Cincinnati 9.200 0.93139
vs LHB 25.200 4.5601127
vs RHB 38.200 3.0301136
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