Sunday will be an exciting day for Chicago White Sox baseball, hopefully for years to come, as Carlos Rodon will be making his first career start against the Cincinnati Reds this weekend at U.S. Cellular Field.
This is a “must-watch” White Sox game for all fans of the American League team in Chicago, because if Rodon can pitch well, maybe he’ll make the White Sox front office rethink their decision of having him in the bullpen instead of the starting rotation.
Rodon would make a heck of a No. 4 or 5 starter, but I’ve been saying that since the offseason.
According to Drew Silva of HardBallTalk.com, he has the same outline of thinking:
"“He [Rodon] should eventually replace John Danks or Hector Noesi in Chicago’s rotation.”"
The White Sox lefty has made three relief appearances this season, compiling a 2.84 ERA in 6.1 innings pitched. He’s allowed two earned runs on nine hits and four walks in appearances against the Cleveland Indians, the Baltimore Orioles and the Minnesota Twins.
He made his MLB debut on April 21 vs. the Indians, allowing two earned runs on three hits and three walks in 2.1 innings pitched.
With the Triple-A Charlotte Knights this season, Rodon went 1-0 in two starts. He pitched 10 innings, allowing four earned runs on eight hits and four walks for a 3.60 ERA.
Though Rodon was the No. 3 overall selection of the last year’s MLB First-Year Player Draft, he’s skyrocketed through the organization, and for good reason.
I believe (or hope) this will not be a one-deal start of Rodon and then the White Sox put him back into the bullpen.
He can’t do any worse than the two back end starters for the White Sox have this season, and for a team that has just 10 wins thus far this season, Rodon might be a player who turns this current spark the White Sox have seemed to find into the full-fledged blast of winning the team needs.