After making the Mariners’ Opening Day roster, he got off to a tough start and fell victim to some terrible called third strikes by home plate umpires.
Needless to say, he was getting quite unlucky whenever he stepped into the batter’s box.
But things appear to have changed for the rookie phenom.
As Mariners’ MLB.com beat writer Daniel Kramer points out, Rodriguez had a .136/.208/.159 slashline with an OPS of .367 in his first 12 games.
But in his past 17 games, things are really looking up, as he has posted a .333/.375/.483 slashline with an .858 OPS.
First 12 games: .136/.208/.159 (.367 OPS)
Past 17 games: .333/.375/.483 (.858 OPS)
— Daniel Kramer (@DKramer_) May 10, 2022
J-Rod Finally Clicking
Things sure can change quickly, especially for young players.
Sometimes the newness of the Major Leagues can be a lot for a young player, and it takes him a little time to get going.
That seems to be the case for Rodriguez here.
The J-Rod era got off to a bit of a rocky start, but now he’s producing the way everybody knows he can and will for a long time.
It sometimes just takes a little while for a young player to find his groove.
Rodriguez though, appears to have finally found it.
This is the Rodriguez we all expected to see when he was called up.
The sky is the limit for a player of his caliber and potential.
There will certainly be some exciting moments in this young man’s career pretty soon as he looks to play a key role in turning the Mariners into a legitimate postseason contender.
We’ll see what’s next for Rodriguez now that he’s off and running.