Richard Rodríguez Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 4" / 220 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 3/4/1990 (31)
Richard Rodríguez Season Stats
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Richard Rodríguez News
Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Richard Rodriguez earned his fifth save of the season on Tuesday, pitching a perfect ninth inning to close out a 2-1 win over the Padres. Rodriguez has looked great on the mound to open the year, allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out 10 in 12 1/3 innings of work. His Statcast numbers show that his success has been legitimate this season, as his .116 xBA, .160 xwOBA and 0.99 xERA all rank in the 100th percentile in the majors. Managers should grab him if he's still available in their league, but be prepared as he will likely be on the move at the trade deadline and may not end up in the closer role for the team he ends up with.
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Richard Rodriguez continued their winning ways on Tuesday by picking up the 2-1 win over the Kansas City Royals. The Bucco's closerwas dominant once again and extended his scoreless streak to start this season to both double-digit games and innings pitched. He has masterfully allowed only one lone hit which was an Eric Hosmer single and one lone walk to Joc Pederson across his entire 2021 season. Simply unhittable and now featuring a 0.00 ERA with an unreal 0.19 WHIP, Rodriguez is shockingly among the most dominant relievers in baseball. His 1.93 ERA and 0.67 WHIP combined between 2020 and 2021 certainly proves he has performed at an elite level over a larger sample size as well. Pittsburgh may not end up winning many games but they will win enough close games that Rodriguez should be a Top 10 reliever for the rest of the fantasy season.
Pittsburgh Pirates closer Richard Rodriguez picked up his second save of the year on Wednesday afternoon, tossing a scoreless inning of relief in the first game of a doubleheader split with the Tigers. Looking at his numbers, Rodriguez has had a good start to the year with 7 1/3 scoreless innings where he's allowed just one hit and one walk with seven strikeouts. However the Pirates as a team have only had three save opportunities so far, and they don't look like they'll be in position for a ton of saves this year. For now, Rodriguez will likely have more value in SV/HLD formats, but as long as he's got the closer job he'll be fantasy relevant in nearly every format.
After Keone Kela was sidelined by right forearm inflammation in late August of 2020, Richard Rodriguez took over the Pirates' closer role. Rodriguez posted a 2.70 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and a 34:5 K:BB, to go with four saves in five attempts in 23 1/3 innings pitched. With Kela now on the Padres, Rodriguez becomes the presumptive Pittsburgh closer heading into the 2021 season. Looking at his pitching metrics, Rodriguez should outperform his ADP of 217. While his 2020 overall exit velocity of 91.8 mph and overall hard-hit rate of 51% are frightening (and were in the bottom 3% of all of MLB in 2020), his other metrics served to counter those hellish numbers. First, as a result of his greater reliance on the use of his slider, Rodriguez posted an elite strikeout rate (36.6%) and an elite whiff rate which were, respectively, in the top 4% and 8% in all of MLB. Additionally, his flyball rate was well below the MLB average and served to minimize potential home runs. Rodriguez also effectively limited baserunners with a superb walk rate of 5.4% (13th percentile of all of MLB). He also posted a wOBA of .234 and was effective against left-handed hitters (0.71 WHIP and 20:3 K:BB in 12 2/3 IP) which helped limit damage against him. If Rodriguez continues to utilize his slider more frequently, his strikeout and whiff rates should hold in 2021. Additionally, there is room for improvement if Rodriguez's hard-hit rate and overall exit velocity regress closer to his career averages. All signs point to a repeat, if not more, for Rodriguez in 2021. As Pirates closer, he has the potential to return great ratios, strikeouts, and anywhere from 20-25 saves in the later rounds, unless he is dealt by the Pirates around the trade deadline which could limit those save totals.