Eduardo Rodriguez wants better command as Tigers face Mariners

The return of Eduardo Rodríguez from the injured list did not go according to plan.

But Detroit Tigers The left-hander will get another chance to get back on track on Friday night against the hosts seattle marinersWhen play resumes after the All-Star break

Rodríguez (4–5, 2.64 ERA) missed five weeks with a torn pulley in his left index finger before returning on July 5 against the Oakland Raiders. He gave up a season-high five runs on six hits over four innings with seven strikeouts in the 12–3 loss.

“Health-wise, he did a great check-up, which is very important and has a positive effect,” Tigers said manager AJ Hinch. “It was a strange game for him, because I thought his things were fine.

Although Rodríguez was unable to at bat against the Athletics, he was not happy.

Rodriguez said, “The command of the fastball was everywhere.” “I was getting behind a lot of hitters, and (I) had to get back in the strike zone and pay for it.”

By pitching on Friday, Rodriguez could get four more starts before the trade deadline. Together Tigers At 5 1/2 games behind in the American League Central and 10 games behind in the wild-card chase, Rodriguez could be an attractive option for competitive teams given his low ERA.

“I have to keep myself in shape, throwing bullpens, long bullpens, and see when my next start comes,” said Rodriguez, who is 4-4 with a 4.06 ERA in 11 career starts against Seattle. “I have already gone through this for many years.”

mariners Friday is scheduled to send right-hander Luis Castillo (6-6, 2.85) to the mound. Castillo was a member of the AL team, but did not attend Tuesday’s All-Star Game at T-Mobile Park in Seattle.

Castillo is 2-0 in his last three starts. Last Friday in Houston, he gave up one unearned run on five hits over seven innings in a 10-1 victory against the Astros.

“By the fourth inning, it’s vintage ‘Rock’,” mariners Manager Scott Servais said of Castillo’s last outing. “The pace was there, the movement on the pitches (was there).

Castillo is 0-2 with a 3.50 ERA in three career starts against Detroit.

marinersThe Rockets, which had ended their post-2001 drought the previous season, bolstered their playoff hopes by winning seven of the last nine games before the All-Star break. They won two of three against visiting Tampa Bay and host San Francisco before winning three of four in Houston. Seattle is six games behind in the AL West, but only four games out of the final wild-card spot.

Servais said, “Winning the last three series will give us a little boost going into the All-Star break here.” “It hasn’t been easy the first half. There have been some struggles. But you see, where we are right now, we’re (a) game above .500.”

While his pitching has been strong throughout mariners Finally starting to get some aggressive production. He averaged 5.1 runs in the last 10 games with a .260/.351/.430 slash line.

Servais said, “A lot of good stuff offensively.” “We have to keep it going. The traffic of runners on base is the biggest reason we’ve been more consistent, and then you run into some (slugging) and that’s how you put up skewed numbers.”

–Field Level Media