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Eduardo Rodriguez needs to be better for Red Sox both mentally and on mound

Ryan Hannable
October 07, 2018 - 1:08 am
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After David Price allowed three runs in 1 2/3 innings, the Red Sox bullpen actually settled things down and the team was able to climb back into the game, facing only a 3-1 deficit going into the seventh inning against the Yankees in Game 2 of the ALDS.

But, then came Eduardo Rodriguez.

Rodriguez was able to record the final two outs of the sixth inning to get out of a jam, but things didn't go well in the seventh.

It didn't start well when he got a late start covering first base on a grounder to the right side and Aaron Judge was able to get to the bag before Rodriguez was even close to getting over. The left-hander walked the next batter before getting a force out to set up first and third with one out for Gary Sanchez.

Sanchez crushed a 2-1 offering into the Monster seats for his second home run of the game, which gave the Yankees a 6-1 lead at the time.

“I would say I just missed the pitch right in the middle, and that is what happens when you leave the ball over the middle of the plate," Rodriguez said.

As for not covering first base, manager Alex Cora said he would need to talk to his pitcher.

"I'm going to talk to him about it," he said. "It seems like he went for the ball and then he slowed down. I haven't talked to him about that play."

Rodriguez said it wasn't a physical issue, he was just slow getting to the base.

 

"No I was OK, I just like, I just slipped on the mound and when I realized he was beating me already, I just let him get to the base," he said.

The Red Sox need more out of Rodriguez moving forward. The left-hander has great stuff, but he simply hasn't been able to put it together against the Yankees, especially this year. In five games against them during the regular season, he was 1-2 with a 6.62 ERA.

With how uncertain the Red Sox bullpen is at the moment, Cora may need more out of Rodriguez moving forward and they cannot have what they got Saturday, which was a pitcher who didn't have his best stuff on the mound and also wasn't 100 percent there mentally, either.

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