Eduardo Rodriguez has now allowed one earned run or less in six of his eight major league starts. (Rich Gagnon/Getty Images)

Eduardo Rodriguez starting to feel like he belongs in major leagues: 'I feel way better now'

Ryan Hannable
July 05, 2015 - 3:33 pm

It wasn't the greatest of Eduardo Rodriguez's first eight starts in the majors, but even with the average performance he was still able to keep the powerful Astros offense in check. While he needed 101 pitches to get through five innings, struggling with his command at times, the left-handed rookie allowed only one run on six hits while walking two and striking out a career-high eight batters taking a no-decision in the Red Sox' 5-4 win. With Sunday being his eighth start, going 4-2 with a 3.69 ERA in those starts, he's starting to feel more comfortable being in the big leagues. "Yeah, I feel way better now here with everybody," the soft-spoken Rodriguez said. "They try to teach me like how to pitch, all the starting pitchers try to help me a lot, so that's what I feel right now." With allowing only one run, Rodriguez became the first Red Sox player in the live ball era (since 1920) to allow one run or less in six of his first eight starts. He's also the first left-handed pitcher in the live ball era to record seven or more strikeouts and allow one run or less four times over his first 18 starts. Catching Rodriguez for the first time in a game, Ryan Hanigan came away very impressed. "I got a chance to catch a couple bullpens when I was coming back and he was just on point. Then [today] it was awesome," he said. "When he was missing, he was just missing, so his pitch count got a little high by the fifth. His command, his execution, just his stuff in general is pretty impressive for a guy his age, for sure." "It's fun," Hanigan added. "His stuff is explosive. When he shakes, I always have a lot of confidence in him because he just knows what he's doing out there. He can read swings, he can read hitters timing. He can do different things with his pitches. It's fun to catch him, for sure." Rodriguez liked working with Hanigan for the first time as well. "It was pretty good," Rodriguez said. "He called the right pitches -- what I wanted to throw, when I wanted to throw. He was pretty good behind home plate with me." The left-handed also said he's put the tipping pitches stuff behind him. "I can't control that now, don't tip pitches anymore," he said. With allowing now allowing one earned run or less in six of his eight starts, Rodriguez has every right feel like a big leaguer.