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Red Sox’s Eduardo Rodriguez Just Keeps Getting Better

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One name in baseball that’s seemingly gone under the radar is Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez.

Of course, being part of a rotation that includes Chris Sale, Rick Porcello, and David Price—can do that.

Pitching in his third major league season, the 24-year-old southpaw is well on his way to his best one yet. Through 10 games (nine starts), he’s 4-1 with a 2.77 ERA—currently ninth best in the AL. In addition, his .209 BAA ranks sixth and 1.12 WHIP ranks 10th (league leaders as of May 29).

His lone relief appearance came on April 19 at Toronto, striking out two in a 1-2-3 inning. Rodriguez had just been returning from paternity leave that day.

Dating back to April 23, Rodriguez has recorded a quality start in all seven attempts while going 4-0 with a 2.25 ERA (11 ER/44 IP). Four of those seven starts have seen him allow one or zero earned runs (twice for each).

Friday night vs Seattle was Rodriguez’s first start this year in which he’s failed to record at least five strikeouts. Instead, he punched out four in six scoreless frames for his third win in as many starts.

Initially signing with the Orioles as an international free agent in January 2010 when he was just 16, Rodriguez quickly rose through the system. By the start of 2014, he was the third best prospect in Baltimore’s organization and 65th best in baseball.

Boston acquired Rodriguez from Baltimore at the 2014 trading deadline in exchange for lefty specialist Andrew Miller, who had a 2.34 ERA and 14.67 Ks-per-nine in 50 games for the Red Sox through that point in the season.

Rodriguez made his major league debut in 2015 on May 28 at Texas, and it was quite historic to say the least. He remained in Boston’s rotation for the rest of the year, ending his rookie season with a 10-6 record and 3.85 ERA in 21 starts.

The lefty’s rookie campaign didn’t come without struggles, as he posted a 6.40 ERA in 11 starts from June 14 to August 12. However, he bounced back in his final seven with a 2.08—dropping his season ERA nearly a full run.

Starting 2016 on the disabled list with a knee injury, Rodriguez returned on May 31 and recorded an 8.59 ERA (10.03 in June) after six starts. After surrendering nine earned runs in 2 2/3 innings at Tampa Bay on June 27, he was optioned to Pawtucket.

Returning on July 16, Rodriguez posted a 3.24 ERA over 14 starts to lower his season ERA to 4.71—ending 2016 on an encouraging note.

With his success so far this season, it’s evident Rodriguez is continuing to mature and come into his own. This can even be supported with his improved walks-per-nine from April to May (5.40 to 1.97).

Seems like becoming a father has done nothing but make him a better and more confident pitcher.

The next scheduled start for Rodriguez is this Thursday in Baltimore. In six career starts at Camden Yards, he’s 3-1 with a 1.34 ERA (5 ER/33 2/3 IP). His six shutout frames on April 23 of this year started his current run of quality starts, despite issuing a career high five walks in the game (also allowed five on October 1 of last season).

A Massachusetts native for life, Seth was born into the love for Boston Sports. He played baseball for eight years growing up and has always been an avid fan of MLB. Other than writing, some of his hobbies include biking, landscaping, dancing, moving furniture, playing basketball, and going to the batting cages. Seth aspires one day to be a PA announcer in the NBA.

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Red Sox Take Game 2 in 2018 MLB World Series

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Last night in the 2018 MLB World Series, it was game 2 between the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers. After 9 1/2 innings, the Boston Red Sox defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2.

it was David Price (BOS) going up against Hyun-Jin Ryu (LAD) on the pitching mound.

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In six innings of the world series, David Price had an ERA of 3.00 with 3 hits and 2 runs and zero home runs.

Hyun-Jin Ryu

On the LA Dodgers side, Hyun-Jin Ryu was the pitcher for the Dodgers. He only lasted 4.2 innings with 6 hits and 4 runs but zero home runs.

Game 3 is set for Friday, October 26, 2018 at 8:06 on Fox

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Yankees, Red Sox Negotiating London 2-Game Series

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The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox  are closing in on an agreement to play a two-game series in London in June 2019, according to Bloomberg’s Janet Perkins and Scott Soshnick.

Reportedly the games will be held at London Stadium, which played host to several events at the 2012 Summer Olympics, if a deal is made official.

The stadium can hold up to 65,000 fans for sporting events and if a deal is made official it will continue MLB’s trend of playing regular season games in other countries such as Japan, Mexico, Australia and Puerto Rico over the years.

The Yankees and Red Sox are easily among the top MLB franchises in terms of global recognition and their storied rivalry and rosters of elite players will be an easy draw for the series as MLB looks to penetrate the European market.

It could also present quite the online betting opportunity for both US and European betting sites, especially as the series kicks off. When it does, this LVbet bonus code could come in handy, especially if it will be the first time you try your hand at something like this.

“We would love to participate in a series in London against the Yankees but this is a decision that MLB and the MLBPA will make,” Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy said.

Bloomberg reported the games would be played at London Stadium, which was the main facility for the 2012 summer Olympics. MLB has not played any games in Europe before, however, the Red Sox have played overseas in the past, including to Japan before the 2008 season.

“It’s a shorter trip than to California, right?” Yankees Manager Aaron Boone, who has never been to London, commented. “Let’s get the royal family out there. Maybe the queen can make an appearance.”

“It’s following the leader — the N.F.L.,” said Allen Adamson, a branding expert and an adjunct professor at N.Y.U. “It’s good for the Yankees, it’s good for Boston, and an attempt to inject some topspin into the sport, but I don’t think it mitigates the need to revitalize baseball in the United States.”

Adamson added: “It would be more interesting to play in Havana.”

The Yankees are in a business partnership with Manchester City F.C, so they are very familiar with the European sports landscape and the audience, and fans, that attend events across the pond.

MLB is trying to follow in the NFL’s footsteps, as both are chasing the NBA who have spearheaded the efforts to globalize their game.

 

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The Waiting Game Continues For The Red Sox And JD Martinez

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The Boston Red Sox haven’t made any significant roster moves this offseason with Spring Training less than a month away. Sure, they’ve revamped their coaching staff and have a new manager, but as far as players go? No new names; essentially the same roster as 2017.

A good way to describe Boston’s offseason would be the sound of crickets chirping.

However, things could change at any moment for the Red Sox and president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski. He’s waited this long; he can wait a little longer. Everyone knows that there’s only one man Dombrowski’s after; and that is- of course- free agent slugger JD Martinez.

According to ESPN’s Buster Olney this afternoon, the Red Sox have offered Martinez a deal “in the range” of five years at $100 million.

At the start of the offseason, Martinez’s asking price was reportedly in the range of $200 million; Boston’s offer is half of that.

Boston needs a power bat in their lineup, and Martinez fills that void. The Red Sox finished fourth-to-last in the majors and last in the American League with 168 homers in 2017, a year that saw MLB set a new record with 6,105 dingers; it was also the first time since 1993 that the Red Sox finished last in the AL in homers. A total power outage!

Long story short, Dombrowski needs to acquire Martinez. Considering he’s yet to make a move to respond to the New York Yankees landing Giancarlo Stanton, the pressure is starting to build up for Dombrowski to show Martinez the money.

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Martinez, 30, recently said he’s willing to wait until Spring Training to sign a deal with a new club.

The 6’3” Martinez bashed 45 homers in just 432 at-bats in 2017- one every less than 10 at-bats to go along with 104 RBIs. Not even a full season! His slash line was .303/.376/.690 split between the Detroit Tigers and Arizona Diamondbacks. Had Martinez finished with enough plate appearances to qualify, he all but certainly would’ve finished first in MLB in slugging percentage and OPS.

Those type of numbers in a contract year? Nothing but basic economics; that’s how you get PAID!

If Dombrowski doesn’t land Martinez- and assuming no blockbuster trade will be made before the season starts- it will be a wasted offseason for the Red Sox. They’ll have the same mediocre lineup which isn’t good enough to win in October. There will be no Stanton, no Carlos Santana, or no Eric Hosmer for that matter. Those three weren’t good enough for Dombrowski this offseason, and so Martinez is what’s left- not counting other current free agents like Lorenzo Cain, Mike Moustakas, and Todd Frazier- none of whom are on Dombrowski’s radar.

The time is now for Dombrowski to make a move. And by move, I mean sign Martinez. He’s in the prime of his career, made for Fenway Park, and made to give a lackluster Red Sox offense a spark that it so badly needs.

Tick-tock, Dave!

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