Not to Say Richard Rodriguez’s Major League Career Began Poorly, but over His First Four Appearances for the Orioles Last September, Rodriguez Allowed Four Home Runs and 12 Hits in 42/3 Innings [Derived Headline]

By Adamski, Chris | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, May 12, 2018 | Go to article overview

Not to Say Richard Rodriguez’s Major League Career Began Poorly, but over His First Four Appearances for the Orioles Last September, Rodriguez Allowed Four Home Runs and 12 Hits in 42/3 Innings [Derived Headline]


Adamski, Chris, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Not to say Richard Rodriguez’s major league career began poorly, but over his first four appearances for the Orioles last September, Rodriguez allowed four home runs and 12 hits in 42⁄3 innings.

“Rough experience (for him) in Baltimore,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “Not many times you get called up in September and get sent down in September.

“There’s an open roster!”

Indeed, getting cut in September — the Orioles designated Rodriguez for assignment on the 17th — is rare. Active rosters are expanded from the regular 25-man limit to anyone on the 40-man.

“I (can’t tell you) why they sent me down in September,” Rodriguez said through a translator Saturday. “I wish I could, because I have the same question.”

But as bad as Rodriguez’s first stint in the majors was, his second has been that good.

In 10 outings so far for the Pirates, Rodriguez has a 23-to-2 strikeout-to-walk ratio and allowed 15 baserunners and two runs in 131⁄3 innings.

“A huge difference in my confidence,” Rodriguez said, “(comparing) last year and this year.”

Picked up as a minor-league free agent and after beginning in season in Triple-A, Rodriguez’s rise through the Pirates has been meteoric.

Now 28 years old and with parts of five seasons of Triple A ball on his résumé, is Rodriguez establishing himself as a quality major league reliever?

“We’ve wanted to give him every opportunity for it to be sustainable success,” Hurdle said. “Not just six weeks, two months (of success). So we’ve worked with him, showing him his strengths. He’s talked to us about his strengths and what we think he can do within the strike zone and how he can work the strike zone with a selection of pitches. He’s off to a really good start — his confidence is probably at an all-time high.”

After another scoreless inning Friday, of course it is. Rodriguez’s ERA sits at 1.35, his strikeouts per nine innings (admittedly in a small sample) is 15. …

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