When Wandy Rodriguez was claimed off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates and soon thereafter joined the Rangers' starting rotation after the injury to Derek Holland, the general thought was that he was a solid back-of-the-rotation starter who could contribute moreso than a guy like Anthony Ranaudo.
For the most part, Rodriguez had been just that in his two starts prior to Tuesday night's outing against one of his former teams, the Houston Astros.
But what Rodriguez did on Tuesday night was much more than solid. It was flat-out dominant against the team he spent the first 7 1/2 seasons of his 11-year career with.
Rodriguez gave up a home run in the bottom of the first inning, but ended up retiring the final 19 batters he faced as he went eight innings and fanned eight batters to pick up his 47th career win at Minute Maid Park and his first win since 2013 with the Pirates.
Rodriguez only made six starts last year before succumbing to injury, but he could be a nice find for the Rangers. He's definitely got a rotation spot on lockdown right now, and could even possibly figure in when guys like Derek Holland, Martin Perez and possibly even Matt Harrison return.