Red Sox 26-year-old lefty, Eduardo Rodriguez, has been putting up stud-like numbers over his last month and it’s been huge for a pitching staff who has been nothing but inconsistent in 2019.
Aside from his most recent outing, David Price has been the team’s best starter this season and has taken back the role of ace, at least to this point. But over his last five starts, Rodriguez has put his team in a great position to win and he’s doing it against some of the league’s best while the club tries to claw its way back into the divisional race.
His most recent notable performance came Monday night against the Tampa Bay Rays who are now just a game ahead of Boston in the AL East.
Rodriguez threw seven innings of two-hit, shutout baseball in Tampa Bay and continued his hot streak as he notched his team-leading twelfth win on the season.
Over this recent stretch, he’s faced off with two of the league’s top teams in the Los Angeles Dodgers and the division-leading New York Yankees in London.
Following the opening game of the series where the Yankee offense was hitting like a video game set to its easiest setting, Rodriguez gave the team a chance to avoid being swept in front of an international crowd. His only flaw in that outing came when he had to be pulled after just going 5.1 IP putting the remainder of the game in the hands of the bullpen who, well, has been a heart attack in seemingly every outing. Regardless, E-Rod was able to hold one of baseball’s juggernaut offenses to just 4 H and 2 ER over that span which kick-started this recent tear.
He then kept things rolling against a lowly Detroit Tigers team which you could chalk up to weak competition, but he continued to dominate when the Los Angeles Dodgers came to town. Lasting seven innings much like he did last night, Rodriguez held the team with the most wins in baseball to just 5 H and 1 ER while striking out 10 batters.
Over these last five starts, his dominating performance has given him a 1.76 ERA since June 30th while he’s allowed just 6 ER over 30.2 innings worth of work.
Rodriguez has been a streaky pitcher during his time in the majors. We’ll watch as he cuts through teams like he’s the top of the line pitcher some thought he could be. But he’ll typically fall back into mediocrity at some point when he falls into some type of injury. But let’s hope for the Red Sox that he continues seeing this type of success because right now, this team needs all of the consistency that they can muster.