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Wandy Rodriguez must be the worst spring pitcher ever

Mar 22, 2012, 6:10 PM EDT

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Astros ace Wandy Rodriguez gave up four runs — two earned — and walked five in 3 2/3 innings Thursday in a loss to the Mets. And this is what passes for one of his better spring outings.

The loss left Rodriguez 1-2 with an 8.10 ERA in three starts this spring. Since 2006, the left-hander is 4-17 with a 7.44 ERA during Grapefruit League action. He’s allowed 96 runs — 86 earned — in 104 innings. During that same timeframe, he’s 63-65 with a 3.89 ERA in the regular season.

What makes it especially odd is that Rodriguez turns it on the moment the regular season starts. April is actually his best month, as he has a 3.17 ERA in 28 career starts. His next best ERA in any month is a 3.81 mark in July.

So, next time Wandy says he’s just working on a pitch after one of his poor spring outings, one should probably take him at his word. It’s not at all unusual for pitchers to post lousy spring ERAs and then get it going once the opening bell rings, but no one does it quite as consistently as Rodriguez.

  1. thekingdave - Mar 22, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    Still clueless as to why we didn’t trade him last season.

  2. pkswally024 - Mar 22, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    Astros better hit the panic button.. Oh wait, they’re the Astros.

  3. thekingdave - Mar 22, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    Ah, the snide remarks of someone who discovered baseball in 2008.

    • stex52 - Mar 23, 2012 at 1:43 AM

      My thoughts exactly. As to your first point, I doubt he will finish this season as an Astro.

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