The last time Boston left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez took the mound, he came four outs shy of his first career no-hitter. Replicating that kind of success is no easy feat, but the Red Sox wouldn’t mind another win after trouncing the Blue Jays 13-3 during Friday’s series opener.
One brilliant start aside, Rodriguez has muddled through the season at the back end of the Red Sox’ rotation, sporting a hefty 3.29 BB/9 rate and 1.54 HR/9 rate and working a 4.89 FIP through 82 innings. Behind him, Boston’s offense is averaging just over four runs of support per start, but after outscoring their opponents 53-13 in their last week’s worth of games, finding runs doesn’t appear to be an issue.
Facing Rodriguez and the Red Sox is Blue Jays’ hurler J.A. Happ, who carries a 3.94 FIP and has been competing for starts within Toronto’s six-man rotation. Unlike Rodriguez, Happ got shelled in his last outing after the Rays tagged him for three runs, two walks, and two strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings pitched. He hasn’t dominated a lineup in a full month, when he tossed four scoreless frames against an earlier iteration of the Rays’ lineup and won, 7-0.
The Red Sox and Blue Jays are set for a rematch at 1:05 PM EDT. The rest of Saturday’s action:
Cincinnati Reds (Robert Stephenson) @ Pittsburgh Pirates (Drew Hutchison), 7:05 PM EDT
Texas Rangers (Cole Hamels) @ Los Angeles Angels (Daniel Wright), 9:05 PM EDT