Welcome to spring training, where the batting order is made up and the final score does not matter. The Red Sox sent out something close to a major league lineup on Saturday, with Eduardo Rodriguez taking the mound to face the New York Mets. Unfortunately, the Red Sox dropped this one by the final score of 10-2.
Despite the lopsided final score, Eduardo Rodriguez actually had a good day at the office. One week after Alex Cora publicly chastised his performance on the mound, Rodriguez pitched a more efficient game. Going four innings deep, Rodriguez allowed just one run while striking out three and walking one.
Matt Barnes took over for Eduardo
Spring Training, generally speaking, is meaningless, but Tyler Thornburg needs to start producing results. The enigmatic righty took the mound for the sixth inning, allowing three runs on four runs. This wasn’t a one-time incident either, as Thornburg has been terrible throughout the entirety of spring. So far this spring, Thornburg has a 15.75 ERA. Thornburg’s contract isn’t guaranteed, and the Red Sox might be better off moving on without him.
Josh Taylor took the mound after that but didn’t do much better. The lefty pitched two innings of relief, allowing three additional runs on four hits. Taylor was a surprise