In what was a huge start (and series, for that matter) for Eduardo Rodriguez and the Boston Red Sox, everything that could go wrong did. Eduardo Rodriguez looked shaky from the start and was not able to get out of the fifth inning. On the day, E-Rod went 4.1 innings, allowing eight hits for five runs. To be fair, Rodriguez was mixing his pitches well and was able to hit 95 MPH on his fastball, but after he goes through the order one time, it seems as if opposing teams figure him out. Additionally, I don't know if anyone else noticed, but I felt that E-Rod was again tipping his pitches. When he was about to throw a changeup, he did something differently with his glove. Again, the Orioles may not have realized this because that was Rodriguez's most effective pitch, but once a tipper always a tipper, right?
At this point, tipping his pitches is the least of Rodriguez's issues. He is getting shelled out on the mound and does not look comfortable. Whether it is a trip back to the DL or a few starts in Pawtucket, something needs to change with this guy and I think it will. John Farrell and company have not been shy about dumping guys that have not been performing, as we have seen with Pablo Sandoval, Clay Buchholz and Joe Kelly. Additionally, this kid is barely 23-years-old and just came back from a relatively serious knee injury. The Red Sox should not be rushing him back or strutting him out there every fifth day to get shelled by a major league lineup. Rodriguez has the potential to be a top end of the rotation guy, and this should not deter people away fro him. Let E-Rod gain some confidence in the minor leagues and work on his windup/delivery.
Aside from Rodriguez's atrocious start, the Red Sox were also not able to get anything going offensively. In my game preview, I thought that the Red Sox were going to feast on Tyler Wilson, who is arguably one of the worst pitchers in the American League East. Unfortunately, aside from a multi-hit game by David Ortiz that featured a late inning home run, the Red Sox were not able to figure out Wilson, who went eight innings, allowing only three hits and zero runs. Travis Shaw was able to put some good wood on balls, but, because of the defense that the O's play in the outfield, he was robbed of at least two hits.
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