Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/19/12

The big question around the Houston Astros is what has happened to Wandy Rodriguez, who was supposed to be the biggest chip at the deadline when the Astros went into sell mode for the third straight year.

Rodriguez had his shortest outing in a season and a half in Wednesday's 8-4 loss to the Padres, giving up five runs in four innings to the Padres despite the first three being perfect. He allowed the first six Padres batters to reach in the fourth and was pulled at just 66 pitches.

After compiling a 2.14 ERA in his first 10 starts, he has a 5.65 ERA in his last 10. And he has no explanation.

"Everything is the same," Rodriguez said. "That's the way it happens sometimes."

Manager Brad Mills was particularly concerned with the two walks that Rodriguez issued in the inning. But still, he doesn't have a great grasp of what has changed from those first 10 starts to the last 10.

"It's tough to put your full finger on it and see what's going on," Mills said. "But the thing we've talked about before is being able to stop those innings, and that has been his Achilles' heel a little bit.

"Whether it's a walk, whether it's a big knock that he gives up a couple runs, but being able to stop those innings and not allowing them to continue. If they're going to beat him, they need to hit the ball instead of allowing them to get on."

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