Eduardo Rodriguez
Eduardo Rodriguez
28-Year-Old PitcherSP
Boston Red Sox
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Rodriguez did not pitch in 2020 after testing positive for COVID-19 in July. He was later diagnosed with myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle which was a result of the coronavirus. It was not until months later that Rodriguez was cleared for walking and other light exercises. Despite the lack of activity throughout the summer months, the Red Sox expressed optimism that Rodriguez would be able to have a "normal" offseason. He seemed to be finally blossoming into one of the top left-handed starters in the AL before the lost season, racking up 213 strikeouts in 2019 with his four-seamer-changeup-cutter-sinker mix, with a better O-Swing% than the likes of Yu Darvish, Luis Castillo and Aaron Nola that year. He's always been a WHIP liability, but Rodriguez has created some distance from his past knee issues and should be a top Comeback Player of the Year candidate if he's able to stay on the field. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#222
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$Signed a one-year, $8.3 million contract with the Red Sox in December of 2020.
Fans seven in no-decision
PBoston Red Sox
June 22, 2021
Rodriguez allowed five runs (three earned) on seven hits and a walk while striking out seven across six innings Tuesday. He did not factor into the decision in an eventual win over the Rays.
ANALYSIS
A pair of runs crossed the plate in the first inning, they were unearned due to two fielding errors. However, Rodriguez became Wander Franco's first victim, as the young phenom blasted a three-run homer in the fifth inning for his first career hit. The 28-year-old's 6.07 ERA and 1.46 WHIP are the highest of his career, and he's 0-4 in his last eight starts. His 10.5 K/9 is about the only thing going right for him currently.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
89
Last 10 Games
91
Last 5 Games
92
How many pitches does Eduardo Rodriguez generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
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121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Eduardo Rodriguez generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-2%
BAA vs LHP
2021
 
 
-18%
BAA vs LHP
2020
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2019
 
 
-5%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .261 247 66 16 58 7 0 11
Since 2019vs Right .266 929 232 78 224 47 2 24
2021vs Left .254 64 18 2 15 4 0 2
2021vs Right .308 253 67 17 72 20 0 9
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Left .264 183 48 14 43 3 0 9
2019vs Right .250 676 165 61 152 27 2 15
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-30%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-9%
ERA at Home
2020
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2019
 
 
-33%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 3.57 1.17 128.2 11 3 0 9.8 2.9 1.0
Since 2019Away 5.13 1.53 147.1 13 7 0 9.7 3.2 1.3
2021Home 5.70 1.14 23.2 2 1 0 10.6 1.9 1.5
2021Away 6.24 1.61 49.0 3 3 0 10.5 2.6 1.3
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Home 3.09 1.17 105.0 9 2 0 9.6 3.2 0.9
2019Away 4.58 1.49 98.1 10 4 0 9.2 3.5 1.3
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Stat Review
How does Eduardo Rodriguez compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 120 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
4.47
 
K/9
10.5
 
BB/9
2.4
 
HR/9
1.4
 
Fastball
92.6 mph
 
ERA
6.07
 
WHIP
1.46
 
BABIP
.388
 
GB/FB
1.28
 
Left On Base
60.7%
 
Exit Velocity
79.4 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
3.8%
 
Spin Rate
2110 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
18.8%
 
Swinging Strike
11.6%
 
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Eduardo Rodriguez
MLB Betting: Tuesday Best Bets
2 days ago
Joe Sheehan sticks to sides for Tuesday's article with a four-pack of picks, including a look at the Tampa Bay moneyline with baseball's top prospect, Wander Franco, making his debut against Boston.
Collette Calls: 9-1-1, We Have an Emergency
2 days ago
Jason Collette does a deep dive on what has gone wrong for Boston hurler Eduardo Rodriguez against a backdrop of league-wide pitching turmoil coming this summer.
FanDuel MLB: Tuesday Targets
2 days ago
Chris Bennett reviews Tuesday's slate and thinks Max Scherzer might be under-rostered as he faces a strikeout-prone Phillies squad.
Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Status Quo, at Least for Now
5 days ago
Todd Zola ranks the starting pitchers for the upcoming week, where Miami's Trevor Rogers has officially arrived as he cracks the Top 5.
DraftKings MLB: Tuesday Breakdown
9 days ago
Mike Barner digs the look of a Cleveland stack Tuesday against Matt Harvey and the Orioles.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
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The way you hear this much-maligned pitcher described, you would be stunned to see he won 19 games with a sub-4.00 ERA. The WHIP was high, and a 78% strand rate kept those runners from scoring. The 16.1 K-BB% is a decent number, but it represented a backslide from 2018. The problem with Rodriguez is inconsistency; he allowed 10 of his 24 home runs the first time through the lineup last year. He has a history of right knee injuries but did not miss a start last year and worked a career high in innings. Seeing his workload jump so much from one year to the next is a bit of a concern given his health issues in the past. Last year looked a lot like the previous two seasons at a skill level, but staying healthy for the first time was the noticeable difference that led to him realizing the potential he has flashed for three-plus seasons. As long as he is healthy, he is good, just not elite.
The signs are pointing up for Rodriquez with the dreaded caveat: if he can stay healthy. While the lefty has started at least 20 games the past four seasons, 24 is his career high, posted in 2017, accruing a career-best 137.1 innings. The optimist insists most of the time lost was from a knee issue surgically repaired last spring. The pessimist notes he lost around six weeks after spraining his ankle in a collision while covering first. The optimist emphasizes he hasn’t had a major arm injury. On the mound, Rodriguez’s strikeout rate has increased each season of his career while his walk rate has dropped the last two, the root of the glass-half-full outlook. Other than staying healthy, Rodriguez needs to be better the third time through the order if he wants to take the next step. Rodriguez enters 2019 entrenched in the Red Sox rotation. His wins and whiffs project to be fantasy friendly. Accept the injury discount and hope his DL visits are over.
Rodriguez again teased top-of-the-rotation skills, but fell short of a breakout season. Unfortunately, if 2018 is going to be the year, he'll have to overcome a late start as he's out until May or June after undergoing reconstructive surgery on the patellofemoral ligament in his right knee in October. Knee woes are not new to Rodriguez -- he made a 45-day visit to the disabled list after hurting his right knee while warming up for his June 1 start. When he returned, he admittedly altered his mechanics, helping explain a 2.77 ERA and 1.12 WHIP pre-June 1 compared to 5.16/1.39 after. Rodriguez will be just 25 when he returns next season, and his plus changeup is a great weapon against right-handers. He has the stuff to whiff a hitter an inning, so if Rodriguez can shave off a couple walks and do a better job of keeping the ball in the yard, he could pay off handsomely as a stash.
A spring training knee injury kept Rodriguez on the disabled list to start the season, then his recovery took longer than anyone expected. It took him some time to develop confidence in the knee, and once he did, the left-hander was hit hard, wasn't throwing breaking balls, and experienced yet another bout of pitch-tipping. After spending some time at Triple-A Pawtucket mid-summer eliminating the pitch-tipping, Rodriguez was summoned back to Boston after the All-Star break. In 14 second-half starts, he posted a 3.24 ERA and 1.13 WHIP while striking out 9.15 batters per nine innings. While the overall numbers weren't pretty, overcoming the first-half adversity was a real positive. He's expected to open the season in the rotation, though he tweaked his knee during winter ball and will not pitch again until the spring. Make sure to keep tabs on his availability during drafts, as this was the same knee that delayed his debut last season.
Boston's plan to go with a starting rotation that didn't feature a true "ace" was fraught with problems and those problems showed up early. Starters got hit hard, they weren't going deep into games, and relievers were getting taxed. The organization reached into its minor leagues, where they had three prospect left-handers pitching at Triple-A Pawtucket, including Rodriguez. He got a spot start late in May when Boston went to a temporary six-man rotation and he pitched so well, that he stayed in the rotation for the rest of the season. Rodriguez is poised on the mound, and used an above-average three-pitch mix in allowing just one run in his first three starts. In his fourth start, Rodriguez had problems tipping his pitches - something that recurred a few more times during the season, but overall it was a good first season. He finished up allowing just one earned run in five of his last seven starts. He dislocated his kneecap early in camp, and appears unlikely to make his regular season debut until late April, so he should be slightly discounted on draft day.
Rodriguez entered the 2014 season ranked as a top prospect in the Orioles' organization, so expectations were high when he was Double-A Bowie's Opening Day starter. However, the smooth lefty was roughed up early on and he suffered a sprained knee that kept him out until late May. He had some spotty success after his return, but issued too many walks overall and wasn't getting deep into games. His fortunes changed when he was dealt to Boston for left-handed reliever Andrew Miller. Rodriguez credited advice from Double-A Portland's pitching coach, Bob Kipper, for his strong finish. Kipper encouraged Rodriguez to use his changeup and slider to both sides of the plate as well as administering some mechanical adjustments. The end result was a 3-1 record with a microscopic 0.96 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 37.1 innings. The Red Sox may have gotten the steal of the trade deadline, landing a potential ace for a three-month rental on a reliever. Rodriguez should open the 2015 season at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he finished up the 2014 season, pitching one game in the playoffs.
Rodriguez continues to shoot up Baltimore's prospect chart after a year in which he topped out at Double-A as a 20-year-old. He throws three pitches and missed more bats after moving from High-A (7.0 K/9, 2.6 BB/9) to Double-A (8.9 K/9, 3.6 BB/9). The Orioles are stocked with aging pitching prospects and Rodriguez is the only starter who might have a shot of making his MLB debut this season. Look for Rodriguez to begin the season in Double-A Bowie and possibly debut before the end of the season if he continues to pitch well in his ascent through the Orioles' system.
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Strikes out eight, allows four runs
PBoston Red Sox
June 15, 2021
Rodriguez allowed four earned runs on six hits and one walk while striking out eight across four innings Tuesday against Atlanta. He did not factor into the decision.
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Sloppy in no-decision
PBoston Red Sox
June 10, 2021
Rodriguez allowed six runs on six hits and three walks with five strikeouts in 4.2 innings during a no-decision versus Houston on Thursday.
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No-decision versus Yankees
PBoston Red Sox
June 5, 2021
Rodriguez allowed three runs on five hits and a walk with seven strikeouts in 5.1 innings versus the Yankees on Saturday. He did not factor in the decision.
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Rough outing in Houston
PBoston Red Sox
May 31, 2021
Rodriguez (5-4) took the loss Monday. He allowed six runs on seven hits and two walks with four strikeouts in 4.2 innings versus Houston.
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Sunday's game postponed
PBoston Red Sox
May 30, 2021
Rodriguez won't start as scheduled Sunday against the Marlins since the game was postponed due to inclement weather, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
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