Eduardo Rodriguez

Tuesday's Red Sox-Blue Jays matchups: Eduardo Rodriguez vs. Marco Estrada

June 30, 2015 - 4:18 am
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The Show will not be any kinder to Eduardo Rodriguez on Tuesday, when he heads north of the border to face Marco Estrada and baseball's most prolific offense in the Blue Jays. Since his three-start debut to the majors which saw him go 2-0 with a 0.44 ERA, Rodriguez has come crashing down to Earth. In his last three starts, the 22-year-old southpaw has thrown 14 2/3 innings and has given up 21 hits, 16 earned runs and a .339/.382/.516 opponents' slash line. Part of Rodriguez' misfortune can be attributed to a .380 BABIP, but he's also lost some of the trademark control that made him the talk of Red Sox Nation in early June. Over his last three starts, Rodriguez has thrown just 58 percent of his pitches for strikes and opponents have tagged him for a 33 percent line drive rate. Rodriguez's latest outing against the surging Orioles last Thursday was absolutely brutal. The native Venezuelan lasted just 3 2/3 innings, as he allowed six runs on seven hits with the big blow coming off the bat of Matt Wieters, a two-run shot that gave the Orioles a 3-1 lead. Rodriguez never recovered from the blow and took the loss in an 8-6 slugfest. "This game, it'€™s a faster pace than the minor leagues," teammate Clay Buchholz said after the game. "Competition from minor leagues to the big leagues -- there'€™s a lot of good players in Triple-A, but here there'€™s constant study on your delivery, if there'€™s any sort of thing they can hint on to cancel out pitches. There'€™s a couple of things we'€™re going to sit down and look at over the next couple of days just to look and clear his mind because it'€™s not easy going out there, especially the first three innings throwing as well as he did and then something happen like that." Rodriguez, 3-2 with a 4.33 ERA on the season, will have to tread carefully against the Blue Jays, who average a whopping 5.45 runs per game and slug .445 as a team, both MLB-leading marks. In a start against the Bluebirds on June 14, Rodriguez had the worst outing of his young career when he gave up nine runs in just 4 2/3 innings pitched en route to a 13-5 Red Sox loss. No doubt, that start will certainly be fresh in his mind Tuesday in Toronto. Opposing Rodriguez will be Estrada, who has made a splash of late by taking a no-hitter into the eighth inning for two consecutive starts. Estrada has lowered his ERA from 4.24 to 3.45 in these last two outings and he is among the hottest pitchers in baseball. In his most recent outing against the Rays last Wednesday, Estrada proved dominant. The right-hander tossed 8 2/3 innings of two-hit ball while punching out 10 batters. He flirted with perfection through the seventh, but with one out in the bottom of the eighth, Logan Forsythe reached first base on a weak ground ball to third baseman Josh Donaldson. After review, the play was upheld and Forsythe was credited with a hit, breaking up the perfect game and the no-no for Estrada. "Marco is on some kind of roll," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said after the 1-0 win. "He just keeps ploughing along. It was a tough, emotional ball game on both sides and got down to a matter of what'€™s going to give." For the year, Estrada carries a modest 5-3 record and and a 3.45 ERA in 10 starts. He last faced the Red Sox on June 14 against Rodriguez, benefiting from the 13-run outburst his offense issued to the Red Sox at Fenway Park. He gave up five earned runs in that start, however, it hardly mattered, and since then he has been nearly untouchable. Red Sox vs. Estrada (RHP) David Ortiz (9 plate appearances): .286 AVG/.444 OBP/.714 SLG, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 2 walks Pablo Sandoval (9): .222/.222/.444, 1 triple Hanley Ramirez (8): .143/.250/.143, 1 RBI Xander Bogaerts (7): .000/.000/.000 Brock Holt (7): .000/.143/.000, 2 strikeouts Mike Napoli (3): .000/.667/.000, 2 walks, 1 strikeout Alejandro De Aza is 0-for-2 with a strikeout against Estrada. Sandy Leon is 0-for-2 with a strikeout against Estrada. Blake Swihart is 1-for-2 vs. Estrada. Mookie Betts has one plate appearance vs. Estrada with a walk and an RBI. Jackie Bradley has not faced Estrada. Blue Jays vs. Rodriguez (LHP) Jose Bautista (3): .333/.333/.333 Chris Colabello (3): .333/.333/.333, 1 RBI Josh Donaldson (3): .500/.667/.500 Edwin Encarnacion (3): .500/.667/.500, 1 RBI Russell Martin (3): .667/.667/1.000, 1 double, 2 RBIs Jose Reyes (3): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout Ryan Goins is 1-for-2 with a home run and three RBIs against Rodriguez. Kevin Pillar is 1-for-2 with an RBI against Rodriguez. Danny Valencia is 0-for-1 with a walk against Rodriguez. No other Blue Jays have faced Rodriguez.

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