Eduardo Rodriguez has all the confidence in the world in Xander Bogaerts.
And while it was just No. 1 of the year, Rodriguez — who looked strong in his first start at Fenway Park since 2019 — believes Bogaerts still has a lot of home runs in him.
“I know he’s gonna hit at least 35 this year,” Rodriguez said after the game. “That’s my bet with him. … I know he’s gonna go for it.”
Of course, 35 still is a ways off. But it’s a long season and anything can happen.
But for Bogaerts, he’s not very confident in that bet.
“Wrong guy, not me,” Bogaerts said. “I’m far from 35 this year on the pace that I’m going.”
Well, there’s still 144 games to go. Let’s see where we are come then.