Houston Astros name Wandy Rodriguez as their Opening Day starter
Wandy Rodriguez has been named the starter for the Houston Astros’ Opening Day match-up against the Colorado Rockies.
This announcement came a day after Rodriguez pitched 6 innings against the Detroit Tigers. Rodriguez ended giving up 5 runs in the first two innings, but then settled down to not allow a run the rest of his time on the mound. This was the longest Rodriguez has pitched this spring.
This will be Rodriguez’s first time pitching on Opening Day, and also the first time a left-handed pitcher started on Opening Day for the Astros in 38 years.
“I’m happy because that game is a special game for me because it’s my first Opening Day,” said Rodriguez, who’s been in the Astros’ organization 13 years. “I’ll try to do the best I can that day.”
Rodriguez isn’t nervous however, as he simply sees it as just another game.
“Nothing changes,” he continued. “You still throw strikes. That day, I’ll concentrate on where I want to put the ball. It’s the same game. I don’t want to put pressure on that game. It’s Opening Day, but whether it’s the first game or second game, nothing’s different.”
This Opening Day will be the start of the Astros’ 50th anniversary year.
Rodriguez is expected to start his last Grapefruit League game on Sunday against the Detroit Tigers.
Rodriguez joined the Astros in 2005 and finished 11-11 last season with a 3.49 ERA.