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Magic Wand(y) Rodriguez transforms self into ace.

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Move over, Roy Oswalt.

Wandy Rodriguez is finally here.

The cheapest ace.The Houston Astros’ diminutive lefty has become the unlikely rock of the team’s pitching staff, providing much-needed consistency in what has been one of the league’s shakiest starting rotations.

For those following Rodriguez’s career, the breakout doesn’t come as much of a surprise.

Wandy has been ridiculously good at home for the past four seasons, posting a career 3.63 ERA at Minute Maid Park and a 4.69 ERA while away. In 2008, he evened those statistics out a bit, allowing less than three runs per game at home while holding a respectable 4.34 ERA outside of Houston. The improved consistency was a glimpse at Rodriguez’s ceiling, causing drool inducing visions in team owner’s heads. They signed him to a $2.6 million salary to avoid arbitration.

And they’ve been rewarded. This year, Rodriguez’s home/road splits have evened out even further:

  • 7 wins, 2 losses at home. 5 wins, 5 losses on the road.
  • 72 SO in 83 innings at home. 70 SO in 70 innings on the road.
  • 1.73 ERA, 1.00 WHIP at home. 4.21 ERA, 1.53 WHIP on the road.

Rodriguez ranks fifth in the National League in wins, seventh in earned run average, and 11th in win percentage.

Considering that Roy Oswalt is making over $14 million this year and has won just seven decisions, Rodriguez should be in line for a nice salary boost following the 2009 season.

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