From the start of things on Tuesday in New York, it didn’t look as if the efficient Wandy Rodriguez was on the mound. He’s shown two different sides since the Pirates acquired him from Houston at the trade deadline. At the beginning he was trying to do too much and justify the trade resulted in him struggling. But once he got more comfortable, Rodriguez went on a solid streak for Pittsburgh.
After tossing two innings in the Pirates’ 19-inning win in St. Louis, Rodriguez went on to allow three earned runs or less in five of his next six starts. Two of those were shutouts, and the lefty only struggled in one during that stretch, a four-run four frame outing against Milwaukee.
“Initially he was just overcharged and over-amped,” Manager Clint Hurdle said. “He’s settled in very well. He’s pitched good ballgames. He’s mixed his pitches well, especially against some teams that are very tough against left-handers…He’s pitched very effectively. I actually think that he’s getting the ball in