The wear and tear and age appear to be catching up to Ivan Rodriguez. The Astros signed him as a one-year stopgap — at least I think that was the plan — and the stopgap isn’t holding up so well.
From July 1 until now, Pudge is batting the emptiest .255 you can imagine. 28 hits in 110 at-bats, with 3 walks, 4 runs batted in, 6 doubles and a home run. His on-base percentage has dropped to .280 and his slugging percentage is .382.
One more hole to fill for next year. Not sure Jason Castro will be ready, but there will be a spot available.