White Sox starting pitcher has his best performance of the season to help the team snap their long losing streak and defeat St. Louis at home.
The Chicago White Sox snapped their six-game losing streak on Wednesday night thanks to an impressive start from Carlos Rodon. The 2014 first-round draft pick pitched 7.1 strong innings in helping the Sox to a 4-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.
For Rodon, his stellar outing was much-needed not only for the Sox but for himself. This was the best start thus far for Rodon this season. Through 7.1 innings pitched, Rodon recorded seven strikeouts while allowing just two walks and no earned runs.
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After getting a late start to the season due to recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder, Rodon pitched like a true ace on Wednesday. This was Rodon’s seventh start of the season and his longest outing since he pitched eight innings against the Oakland Athletics on June 24.
Rodon has steadily gotten better throughout each of his seven starts this season since making his debut on June 9 against the Boston Red Sox. He has only allowed more than two earned runs twice in seven outings. After his start on Wednesday night, Rodon improved his record to 2-3 with a 3.56 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP.
With Rodon’s strong outing against the Cardinals, the Sox have gotten another glimpse into just how dominant he can be on the mound. Rodon has battled injuries over the past two seasons, and he hasn’t made more than 20 starts in a year since 2016. If Rodon can stay healthy, he could make up to 20 starts this season.
The Sox will need more performances similar to Wednesday night from Rodon moving forward. There haven’t been many bright spots this season for Sox fans, but Rodon’s outing gives hope that this team’s rebuild is still heading in the right direction. If Rodon can become the ace the Sox will need in the future, then this rebuild will become successful sooner rather than later.