By Sam Bush

Richard Rodriguez has been the Pirates’ closer, tossing 37 1/3 innings with a 2.82 ERA, 2.58 FIP, and .83 WHIP.

He also has one of the lowest walk rates in all of baseball — 3.4% BB% ranks 5th among all qualified relief pitchers.

Home runs have essentially been a non-issue for Rich-Rod. He’s given up just 2 all year, which is promising given that home runs have been his kryptonite the past few seasons. In 2019 and 2020, Rodriguez had a 1.73 HR/9 rate.