Eduardo Rodriguez effective in potential Boston Red Sox start: “Eddie pitched some big games too,” says Alex Cora
WASHINGTON, DC – While Friday night’s outing against the Nationals was Eduardo Rodriguez’s last in a Red Sox uniform, the southpaw ended his tenure with Boston on a high note.
Rodriguez pitched more than 5 scoreless innings at Nationals Park, striking out six batters while allowing just three hits in Boston’s 4-2 win. Rodriguez is a free agent after this season, so it’s possible that Friday will be his last time he took the mound in a Red Sox uniform, unless he throws again during the playoffs or he does. re-sign in free agency.
“His fast pitch was great. He managed to rise, ”said manager Alex Cora. “I got them off balance, I made a few throws in the fifth inning. He was really good.
Rodriguez ran into trouble throughout his outing, but the tightrope he stepped on in the fourth inning was perhaps his most impressive achievement. After throwing a start march and allowing back-to-back singles as Washington charged up the bases without a strikeout, Rodriguez fought to eliminate Jordy Mercer and blasted Carter Kieboom to the receiver before Andrew Stevenson hit Kiké Hernández, who made an excellent defensive play dipping to second base to end the set.
Rodriguez’s performance in a must-see match for the Red Sox, who are battling for a wildcard spot, did not surprise Cora.
“Eddie put on some big games, too,” Cora said. “People forget ’18, that game (World Series Game 4) he threw against the Dodgers. He was amazing … He was great for us.
Rodriguez, who missed the entire 2020 season due to myocarditis (inflammation of the heart), has had a patchy 2021 season. In 31 starts, the 28-year-old has a 4.77 ERA – although his PIF (3.35 entering Friday) is much better. In his last 17 starts, Rodriguez has a 3.64 ERA. His free agency case will be fascinating, although he has said he always focuses on what he needs to do to help the Red Sox reach the playoffs and be successful once they get there.
“That hasn’t crossed my mind yet, man,” Rodriguez said. “We still play baseball. We still have a chance to go to the playoffs, so we’ll talk after we win the World Series. This is my plan.
Rodriguez’s future has been on his mind at least a bit this season, as the Boston Globe’s Alex Speier reported on Friday that Rodriguez and the Sox “had sketchy overtime talks earlier this year but didn’t. no real progress and have opened conversations “. Notably, the southpaw changed agents in September, firing Octagon and hiring Gene Mato to represent him.
For now, Rodriguez’s immediate future is uncertain, as is that of his team. With a potential tiebreaker on Monday and / or the American League Wild Card Game on Tuesday, Rodriguez could be called up again in no time. He said he could be ready to pitch again as early as Sunday in a one-run stint or Monday in a longer outing.
“The next time they give me the ball I’ll be ready for that,” he said.
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