Red Sox No. 1: Eduardo Rodriguez
This one may see the highest of highs and possibly the lowest of lows out of the entire gang here. Eduardo Rodriguez has been a pitcher that has had the word potential hovering over his head since day one. Over the last two-three seasons, we’ve seen him start to hit that potential and it’s been an awesome sight to behold.
Let’s just take a step back and really think about the 2020 season in regards to E-Rod. He went from the sometimes number four, sometimes number five starters in 2018 to number one with a bullet in 2020. It felt like as each week passed in this weird offseason we saw his name rise through the depth chart.
E-Rod had a breakout season in 2019 finishing 19-6 with a 3.81 ERA in 203.1 innings. He led the league in starts (34) and walks (75), ya gotta take the good with the bad here. That was at the number three slot though, now the lights will be shining bright on him as the ace. He was also the only reliable and durable starter the Red Sox had last year, a great sign for his new position.
Now that he’ll be the number one guy for Ron Roenicke I think we may see the best Eduardo yet. Add in the fact that this season will be incredibly short, he may just let it fly all year long. Obviously he won’t get to the statistical heights of 2019, but he could be even better with the handcuffs off. With it being a sprint to the postseason, E-Rod may treat every start like his last and break-through that ceiling of potential to grab the brass ring.