Eduardo Rodriguez

Thursday’s Red Sox-Rangers matchups: Eduardo Rodriguez vs. Nick Martinez

May 28, 2015 - 4:23 am

The Red Sox begin a four-game set on the road against the Rangers on Thursday, sending Eduardo Rodriguez to the bump to take on Nick Martinez.

Rodriguez will be making his major league debut in the form of a spot start in order to give the Red Sox rotation an extra day of rest. The rest of the rotation will remain intact, and each pitcher's start will get pushed back one day.

Through eight starts this season in Triple-A Pawtucket, Rodriguez has a 4-3 record and 2.98 ERA. He has averaged almost a full strikeout per inning, sending 44 hitters straight to the dugout in 48 1/3 innings pitched. He has gotten through at least six innings in five of his eight starts.

Rodriguez hasn'€™t been great of late, however. The left-hander has gone 1-3 with a 4.18 ERA in his past four starts for the PawSox.

In his most recent outing on Saturday, Rodriguez got the loss against the Louisville Bats. He threw seven innings and allowed five runs, although just two were earned. He surrendered nine hits, struck out six and threw 70 of 93 pitches for strikes.

"If they call me, I'm ready. I always have to be ready," Rodriguez said on May 13. Now he will get his chance to prove himself at the big league level.

A second-year right-hander, Martinez will pitch opposite Rodriguez and look to continue his impressive start to the year. Martinez is 4-0 with a 1.96 ERA in nine starts so far. The 24-year-old got a 15-4 win over the Yankees his last time out on Saturday. The Rangers'€™ offensive monsoon helped, but Martinez did his part to earn the win, pitching seven innings and allowing two runs (both solo home runs) on five hits. Martinez, who played shortstop while in college at Fordham, has not allowed more than three earned runs during this campaign, and has allowed three just twice. His ERA puts him in the upper echelon of pitchers, ranking eighth in all of baseball. That puts Martinez ahead of such names as Felix Hernandez, Matt Harvey and Madison Bumgarner. "Growing up right in front of our eyes," manager Jeff Banister said following Martinez'€™s last start. "Nick's been a guy that's been in complete control. His composure on the mound has been spectacular really. He has not shown any anxiety anywhere, no nervousness." In his major league career to date, consisting of 38 appearances (33 of them starts), Martinez has yet to face the Red Sox. Red Sox vs. Martinez (RHP) No Red Sox hitters have faced Martinez. Rangers vs. Rodriguez (LHP) No Rangers have faced Rodriguez.