Friday, May 29, 2015

E-Rod Claims The Role Of New Red Sox Ace

(AP Photo)
Hey, Clay, any extra "I'm The Ace" t-shirts? One is needed after last night's dominant performance by rookie lefty Eduardo Rodriguez in a 5-1 win. If he's sent back to AAA, there will be mobs with pitchforks and torches on Yawkey Way to contend with. The 22-year old Rodriguez twirled 7.2 brilliant innings—giving up just three hits and striking out seven. He was in command all the way, mixing in secondary pitches with a fastball that topped out often at 96 MPH. The kid looks for real. Fortunately, despite hitting into five double-plays, the Red Sox offense supported Rodriguez with five runs (normally a week's worth of production for The Raiders Of The Lost Offense). Dustin Pedroia and Mookie Betts led the way—each with 3-5 nights. Hanley Ramirez doubled and homered (his 11th of the year, but only his first in May) to also pace the offense. All in all, a very satisfying win.