Eduardo Rodriguez (E-Rod) came up from triple-A last night and delivered a solid performance against the division rival Baltimore Orioles. He went 6 full innings giving up 6 hits and just 2 runs in the Red Sox 6-2 win. E-Rod was consistently hitting the radar gun at around 92 mph with his fastball while he should probably be more in the 94 to 95 range. However, he had great control of his pitches and that seemed to make up for it. He had plenty of defensive help including Chris Young robbing Manny Machado of a 2 run home run.
Mookie went deep 3 times, Erod was amazing but Chris Young takes the play of the game. pic.twitter.com/rMYs5vE9lv
— Boston Strong (@BostonStrong_34) June 1, 2016
E-Rod could have had a much worse start in my opinion and the Orioles are certainly no slouch of a team. His circle change-up had Orioles hitters baffled and proved to be his most effective pitch that he kept going back to once he got down in the count. Last season E-Rod pitched 121.2 innings in 2015 and had a 3.81 ERA earning the Red Sox rookie of the year honor. If he can come in and be as effective as he was last season then I can’t see a reason for Clay Buchholz to ever start another game in a Red Sox uniform.
I know there may be some Clay believers out there but the sad truth is that he doesn’t have the stuff to be a starter anymore. The good thing is he could be a great addition to the bullpen as a guy who can just eat up innings if things go bad. E-Rod is coming off of a knee injury still so I expect his velocity to improve throughout the season but I was most impressed with his control on the mound last night. The Red Sox have two more games in this 4 game series with the Orioles. Tonight Joe Kelly will take the hill and Xander Bogaerts looks to add one more game to his 24 game hit streak.