After a series of rehab outings, the Red Sox starter is expected to return to Boston.
It has been reported by a variety of different sources that the Red Sox are expected to activate Eduardo Rodriguez, and others including Christian Vazquez, this weekend against the Chicago White Sox. This will serve as important news for the Red Sox as it will allow the rotation to begin to take postseason form.
Despite a relatively long hiatus, the left-hander has posted excellent numbers in his rehab outings:
Eduardo Rodriguez’s two rehab starts for Portland: 8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 14 K.https://t.co/QAavcw8Pux
— Chris Mason (@ByChrisMason) August 28, 2018
Hector Velazquez will likely be ousted from the rotation and return to a bullpen role that he has flourished in this season. Meanwhile, Chris Sale will begin to ramp up throwing in an effort to also return Brian Johnson to a reliever role – despite turning in solid outings as a starter.
The reality is, the return of Eduardo Rodriguez is one of the most important storylines for the current Red Sox roster. Before his fluke injury, Rodriguez had started to settle into a consistent starter within the Sox rotation while posting a 3.53 ERA.
The return of ERod will allow for a month-long tune up before settling into the Red Sox rotation for the postseason run. While Nathan Eovaldi has been a consistent innings-eater while in Boston, he’s proven that he’s destined to move to the bullpen in October. He’s struggled recently, but he will be a valuable commodity similar to Lance McCullers and Brad Peacock for the Houston Astros last season.
In addition to allowing the rotation to return as normal, Rodriguez has had solid success against postseason teams:
- vs NYY: 4-3 / 62.2 IP / 22 ER / 3.16 ERA
- vs SEA: 2-2 / 27.2 IP / 11 ER / 3.58 ERA
- vs CLE: 1-0 / 13.2 IP / 4 ER / 2.63 ERA
- vs OAK: 2-1 / 27 IP / 7 ER / 2.33 ERA
As of now, these are solid numbers against teams that the Red Sox are likely to face in postseason play. However, the team that is omitted is the Houston Astros. Rodriguez has only faced the Astros on two occasions, but has struggled to the tune of a 8.10 ERA. This certainly raises concerns, especially due to the amount of RHH’s that exist within the Astros’ lineup, but there’s plenty of reason to believe that the Red Sox lefty will make adjustments when it matters most.
The news of Rodriguez’s return to the Red Sox lineup is a good sign and should prove to be one of the biggest catalysts in a World Series chase.