Boston Red Sox starters have endured several major blows in ’17 – Eduardo Rodriguez has been quite the pleasant surprise
Everyone remembers when Eduardo Rodriguez set foot in 2015, we knew we were seeing something special. The 22 year old went 10 – 6 with a 3.85 ERA in 21 starts. The following season went the opposite direction. E Rod had the sophomore slump going 3 – 7 with a 4.71 ERA in 20 starts. Just wasn’t the same after his knee injury in February during Spring Training. Rodriguez worked hard and wanted to make sure fans knew that he was going to rebound back after a rough year.
E Rod so far in 2017 is 3 – 1 with a 3.10 ERA in nine games, eight of which have been starts. How good is E Rod so far? E Rod has pitched six or more innings in six straight starts. Since his only relief appearance of the season on April 19th against the Jays, his ERA has dropped from 4.76 to 3.10. He’s also allowed just two home runs in 38 innings. E Rod has actually hit the 6 innings mark in five straight starts. He’s also striking out an average of just over one per inning of work.
E Rod for the first time in his career has a K/9 Ratio over 9.0. Over the last three seasons it’s risen from 7.6 to 8.4 to 10.0. While the 10.0 might not stay that high all year, he’ll enjoy the early season success. Who wouldn’t? Rodriguez is 3 – 0 in his last six starts. Not hard to see that right now he’s the 2nd best pitcher behind front running Cy Young candidate Chris Sale.
Rodriguez next faces off against the Mariners on Saturday May 27th. Rodriguez looks to get his 4th win on the season against Chris Heston of the Mariners.
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