Eduardo Rodriguez

Sunday's Red Sox-Tigers matchups: Eduardo Rodriguez vs. Shane Greene

July 26, 2015 - 3:25 am
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Eduardo Rodriguez and the Red Sox will conclude their three-game set with the Tigers on Sunday night at Fenway Park against right-hander Shane Greene. Rodriguez is coming off of the worst start of his brief career. Facing the Angels last Monday, he lasted just 1 2/3 innings after giving up six hits and seven runs. He was taken deep twice, once each by Kole Calhoun and Albert Pujols. After the game, speculation mounted that Rodriguez had gone back to tipping his pitches, but Red Sox manager John Farrell dismissed the possibility. "No. I thought early on in the first inning he was a little quick with his delivery. He had trouble with command and pushed some changeups," Farrell said. "The second inning some pitches down the middle and they struck quickly. It wasn't a matter of tipping. That has been rectified." According to Rodriguez, he simply could not command his pitches the way he would have liked. "I missed my spots with the slider, changeup and fastball. I didn't throw it where I wanted to," he said. "It was all about the location, not the pitch itself." The southpaw heads into Sunday's start with a 5-3 record and a shoddy 4.64 ERA. He's given up four home runs over his last two starts and he's issued eight free passes since June 30. Command certainly is Rodriguez's top priority going forward if he has resolved his pitch-tipping. After an electric beginning to 2015, Greene has started to make Tigers fans regret picking him up from the Yankees during the offseason. Greene's first three starts of the season could not have gone any better -- he won all three games, tossed 23 innings and gave up just 12 hits and one earned run. Unfortunately for Greene, over his last 12 starts he's gone 1-7 with a 9.11 ERA, as opponents have tabbed him with a .339/.398/.626 slash line, a higher mark than that of 2014 AL MVP Mike Trout (.306/.398/.611). For the season, Greene maintains a 4-7 record and a 6.52 ERA along with a 1.46 WHIP. The right-hander is giving up the eighth-most hits per nine innings in the majors at 10.4. Meanwhile, his strikeout rate has dropped from 9.3 K/9 in 2014 to 5.5 K/9 this year. Since getting recalled from Triple-A Toledo on July 12, Greene has managed to get worse. In 9 1/3 innings pitched, he's given up 12 runs and three dingers en route to an 11.57 ERA and a .342/.413/.763 opponents' slash line. Despite his recent struggles, Greene believes his time in the minors helped him find his slider, and with it some positive results on the horizon. "That's the pitch that got me to the big leagues and I haven't had it since spring training," he said after concluding his Triple-A stint. "It was no secret that I was struggling," he added. "Something needed to happen. It was a lot easier where the spotlight was not as big." Greene has made three career appearances against the Red Sox, all of which combined to produce an unmitigated disaster as he owns an 0-1 record and a 10.57 ERA in those games. He will be looking to help vault the Tigers back into a position to buy before the trade deadline as rumors have swirled of a potential fire sale due to sub-.500 record (47-49). Tigers vs. Rodriguez (LHP) No Tigers have faced Rodriguez. Red Sox vs. Greene (RHP) Alejandro De Aza (6 plate appearances): .167 AVG/.167 OBP/.167 SLG, 2 strikeouts Brock Holt (5): .200/.200/.200 Mike Napoli (5): 1.000/.800/4.000, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 3 walks David Ortiz (%): .250/.400/.250 Xander Bogaerts (4): .500/.500/1.250, 1 HR, 1 RBI Daniel Nava (4): .500/.750/2.000, 1 HR, 3 RBIs Dustin Pedroia (4): .250/.250/.250 Mookie Betts is 1-for-2 against Greene. Shane Victorino is 0-for-1 against Greene with a strikeout. No other Red Sox have faced Greene.