Rodriguez Hopes to Rebound After Worst Ranger Start

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It's hard to find much wrong with what Wandy Rodriguez has done this year with the Texas Rangers.

The veteran was plucked off the waiver wire this spring to help fill in to an injury-rocked Rangers starting rotation, and heading into his last start against Oakland, he'd been downright phenomenal relative to what could've possibly been expected of him.

Rodriguez entered that start against Oakland with a 3.20 ERA and a 4-2 record, but that ERA took a big hit against Oakland on Wednesday when he allowed eight runs on 11 hits in four innings, putting his season ERA at 4.06.

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Frankly, that mark is still pretty solid for a guy of Rodriguez's expectations, and he'll look to get back on his horse on Monday when the Rangers open a four-game series in Baltimore against the first-place Orioles.

Rodriguez has been much better away from Arlington than he has been at Globe Life Park, hearkening back to the days of the horribly inflated offensive numbers in Arlington that have dissipated since some park renovations a couple of years ago.

This year, Rodriguez is 4-0 with a 2.28 ERA away from Arlington and 0-3 with an ERA north of 7.00 at home. Could Monday be the day Rodriguez returns to his surprisingly good form? That little tidbit sure does up the confidence meter on that possibility.

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