Eduardo Rodriguez

Tuesday's Red Sox-Indians matchups: Eduardo Rodriguez vs. Trevor Bauer

August 18, 2015 - 4:37 am

With another rough start in the books, Eduardo Rodriguez will still get the nod from acting manager Torey Lovullo on Tuesday. He'll face a similarly struggling Trevor Bauer and the Indians. To say Rodriguez has had an up-and-down year is cliche at this point. However, it's still applicable. After compiling a 2.84 ERA in his previous three starts, Rodriguez fell apart last Wednesday against the Marlins. He was tagged with nine hits and eight runs in five innings. Dee Gordon got the onslaught started with a leadoff home run in the first inning, setting the tone for the rest of the outing, which ended in a 14-6 Marlins victory and a fifth loss for Rodriguez on his ledger. For Rodriguez, Wednesday marked his fourth start in which he's allowed six earned runs or more, tied for most on the team with Wade Miley and Rick Porcello, both of whom have logged at least 10 more starts. His bout with the Marlins raised his ERA from 4.17 to 4.83 and it recirculated speculation that he could still be tipping his pitches. Manager John Farrell was quick to address this charge after the game, arguing that Rodriguez's troubles harken back to his command. "I thought today when they show a replay after a base hit, he pulled some pitches across the plate. Missed to his arm side on a couple of occasions," Farrell said. "To say this is all the result of tipping, I'€™m not going there. And I know that becomes kind of the common theme that everybody will look to seek out. But to me it was more he got behind in some counts, fastballs found some of the plate and they squared them up." On the season, Rodriguez owns a 6-5 record and a 4.83 ERA, along with a 1.29 WHIP. The rookie southpaw has pitched better than his standard numbers indicate, though. He sports a 4.31 FIP and an even better 4.12 xFIP, a version of FIP that assigns each pitcher the league average HR/FB ratio. Rodriguez shouldn't have to worry about the long ball against the Tribe, a team that has generated just 93 all season, the second-worst mark in the AL. Like Rodriguez, Bauer has had similar issues with keeping the ball in the yard. He also sports a 4.12 xFIP, along with a 9-9 record and a 4.35 ERA. Inconsistency has plagued Bauer throughout his four-year MLB career, and 2015 is no different. The UCLA product is coming off of a start against the Yankees last Thursday in which he went just 3 1/3 innings, giving up seven hits and six runs. Pulled after 70 pitches, Bauer fell prone to the home run once again, as Brian McCann and Stephen Drew made him pay for his mistakes this time. Frustration showed in his postgame press conference, as he steered away questions about his lack of command in the 8-6 loss. "I don't know," Bauer said. "You can ask me, keep asking me about it, but that's the answer. I don't know. I'll figure it out at some point, but right now I don't know, so it doesn't make any sense to keep asking me about it. I thought the team did a really good job today battling back, so write about that. Write about the guys that went out and scored runs on a tough pitcher and were down really big early and battled and played well. Write about that. Don't ask me about giving up home runs and personal stuff when it doesn't matter. I gave up six. Who cares how they scored? We lost." Bauer may be sullen of late, but this is the same pitcher who amassed a 2.86 ERA in his three previous outings before the Yankees start. As recently as July 28 vs. the AL-leading Royals, he offered his first career complete game in a five-hit, six-whiff effort. Just like Rodriguez, the potential is there, the only trouble is finding it on a regular basis. Bauer has never pitched against the Red Sox, but he has dominated teams on the road this season to the tune of a 5-3 record and a 2.35 ERA. He should provide an interesting challenge for the Sox' revitalized offense. Indians vs. Rodriguez (LHP) No Indians have faced Rodriguez. Red Sox vs. Bauer (RHP) Alejandro De Aza (6 plate appearances): .200 AVG/.333 OBP/.400 SLG, 1 double, 2 strikeouts Ryan Hanigan is 0-for-1 against Bauer. No other Red Sox have faced Bauer.