Red Sox’ Eduardo Rodriguez Finishes With Worst Record in Inaugural ‘MLB the Show’ Players League Season

The inaugural ‘MLB The Show Players League’ season might not conclude until Wednesday night, but Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez has already secured the league’s worst record.

Having already “played” all 29 other players representing their respective clubs, the 27-year-old finishes the year with an unsightly 2-27 mark.

I put “played” in quotes because, in all honesty, it appears that Rodriguez gave up about halfway through the season.

Take this excerpt from MLB.com’s Juan Toribio weekly league power rankings column from last Friday:

“Where’s E-Rod” was the popular question today as the Red Sox starter has apparently given up. After watching his first 10 games, we can’t really blame him. We’ll miss the Eduardo Rodriguez background on his stream, though.

The background in question:

Rodriguez’s lone pair of victories came against the Angels’ Ty Buttrey and the Pirates’ Cole Tucker. Other than that, pain.

Still, just by participating, the Venezuela native essentially raised $5,000 for a local Boys & Girls club in the Boston area courtesy of Major League Baseball, the MLBPA, and Sony Interactive Entertainment.

Rodriguez has been fairly active on Twitch over these past few weeks, mostly playing Fortnite with Xander Bogaerts. You can follow Rodriguez on the popular streaming platform here.

As for where things stand with the remainder of the ‘MLB The Show Players League’ season, there are two more games remaining, one between the Astros’ Lance McCullers and the Yankees’ Tommy Kahnle, and the other between the White Sox’ Lucas Giolito and the Reds’ Amir Garrett.

Both of those contests will take place at 10 PM eastern time on Wednesday on ESPN2, while the playoffs are slated to kick off this coming Friday.

Red Sox’ Eduardo Rodriguez Has Another Tough Night in ‘MLB The Show’ Players League

Four days after finally picking up his first MLB The Show Players League win this past Tuesday, Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez improved to 2-10 in league-play on Saturday after another 1-3 night.

Rodriguez was initially supposed to play on Friday and Saturday, but he was not available to play to kick off the weekend, so he will presumably have to make those games up at some point.

Regarding Saturday’s performance, the Venezuela native got his night started in disappointing fashion, as he blew a late 5-1 lead to the Cardinals’ Matt Carpenter in what would turn out to be a whopping 11-5 defeat.

From there, Rodriguez’s interleague woes ensued in Philadelphia, as he was kept of the board by Phillies slugger Rhys Hoskins in a 2-0 loss.

Fortunately, Rodriguez was able to rebound against another Pennsylvania-based club in the Pittsburgh Pirates, represented by shortstop Cole Tucker.

Using himself as the Sox’ starting pitcher for this contest, which was pretty fascinating to watch, Rodriguez yielded one run over one lone inning of work. An effort good enough to earn him his first winning decision of the season in an eventual 3-2 victory.

Finally, Rodriguez was held to just one hit in another shutout loss at the hands of Padres phenom Fernando Tatis Jr. Not much to say there.

All in all, the 27-year-old now owns a 2-10 record through 12 games played this season. With only 17 more games remaining before the postseason begins, Rodriguez certainly has his work cut out for him, which has already been mentioned on here before.

Rodriguez’s next set of games are scheduled to take place on Tuesday night, where he’ll take on the Rockies’ David Dahl, the Giants’ Hunter Pence, and the Yankees’ Tommy Kahnle. First pitch that day is scheduled for around 9 PM eastern time.

You can follow Rodriguez on Twitch here.

Red Sox’ Eduardo Rodriguez Picks up First ‘MLB The Show’ Players League Win

After starting the MLB The Show Players League season with four consecutive losses out of the gate last Friday, Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez picked up his first win of the year in the first game he played on Tuesday night.

Headed into his second round of games having yet to score a single run, Rodriguez was first matched up against former Sox pitching prospect Ty Buttrey, who was representing the Los Angeles Angels.

Three innings, which is the standard length of game in this league, was not enough to determine a winner, so the two hurlers headed into extras deadlocked in a scoreless tie.

It wasn’t until the top half of the fifth inning when Rodriguez finally got on the board. There, controlling Mitch Moreland, he took Angels reliever Justin Anderson deep to dead center to break the stalemate.

A few moments later, Rodriguez again went yard with another left-handed hitter, this time mashing a two-run no-doubter off Anderson with Rafael Devers.

That two-run blast put Rodriguez and the Sox up 3-0, and after giving one back in the bottom half of the fifth, Matt Barnes was able to hold on to pick up the save in a 3-1 victory.

Rodriguez was finally able to get in the win column, but unfortunately, the rest of his night did not go as well.

That being the case because in the game immediately following the win over the Angels, the 27-year-old choked away a six-run lead against Rangers star Joey Gallo and ultimately got walked off on in the bottom half of the third inning in what would turn out to be a devastating 7-6 defeat. Gallo is 8-0, by the way.

From there, Rodriguez’s woes continued in a pair of home losses to Braves reliever Luke Jackson and Marlins reliever Ryne Stanek.

A night that started with so much promise ended in somber disappointment, and at 1-7, Rodriguez currently sits at the bottom of the league standings.

The Venezuela native now has 21 games remaining on the season and has plenty of ground to make up. He’s scheduled to play again on Friday night, where he will take on the Mets’ Jeff McNeil, the Tigers’ Niko Goodrum, the White Sox’ Lucas Giolito, and the Mariners’ Carl Edwards Jr.

First pitch Friday is scheduled for around 9 PM eastern time. You can follow Rodriguez on Twitch here.

Red Sox’ Eduardo Rodriguez Has Tough First Go of Things in ‘MLB The Show’ Players League Opening Night

Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez was one of six players who kicked off the MLB The Show Players League on Friday night, and he had the worst showing of them all, unfortunately.

Yes, the 27-year-old lost all four games he played in on Friday, all while failing to score a single run in the process of doing so.

Rodriguez fell to Rays left-hander Blake Snell by a final score of 6-0, Astros right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. by a final score of 7-0, Reds left-hander Amir Garrett by a final score of 1-0, and Twins right-hander Trevor May by a final score of 3-0. All pitcher vs. pitcher matchups, and Rodriguez got outscored 17-0 over 12 total innings when all was said and done.

Despite starting the Players League season 0-4, Rodriguez still has 25 games ahead of him over the next three weeks or so. The top eight players advance to the postseason, which is scheduled to begin at the end of April, so a tough first night shouldn’t hamper the Venezuela native’s chances too much at this point.

Don’t quote me on this, but I believe Rodriguez’s next set of games will come on Tuesday night, although the league’s schedule only goes as far as Monday as this is being typed.

In the meantime, you can follow Rodriguez on Twitch here.