White Sox: Carlos Rodon Continues to Showcase Ace Potential
White Sox left-hander tosses another gem in the team’s win over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night.
Carlos Rodon of the Chicago White Sox has shown glimpses of his ace potential so far this season. He showed it again on Tuesday night in the team’s 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels at Angels Stadium.
Rodon had another strong outing in his eighth start of the season. Against the Angels, Rodon held Los Angeles hitless through 6.2 innings pitched. Rodon would finish his outing with 7.2 innings pitched and eight strikeouts. The left-handed pitcher allowed just two earned runs to the Angles on Tuesday.
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This was another good start for Rodon who has been solid since making his season debut on June 9. Through eight starts, Rodon is 3-3 with a 3.38 ERA, 43 strikeouts, and a 1.11 WHIP. The Sox have needed another top starter in its rotation this season, and Rodon continues to showcase his future ace abilities.
For Rodon, his start on Tuesday followed up his impressive outing in his previous start on July 11 against the St. Louis Cardinals. In that start, Rodon pitched 7.1 innings while allowing no earned runs and recording seven strikeouts. In his start on July 5 against the Houston Astros, Rodon allowed six walks but only gave up two earned runs against the defending World Series champions.
The Sox have needed Rodon to pitch as a top of the rotation pitcher for some time, and he’s starting to put it all together this season. Despite missing the first two months of the season as he was recovering from offseason surgery, Rodon has continued to show why he could be the future ace of the Sox.
With the Sox sitting at 36-64 entering play on Wednesday, the development of young players such as Rodon continues to be the main goal for this team this season. Rodon has the chance to end the 2018 season with some positive momentum towards 2019. If he can do that and remain healthy, expect Rodon to be the ace of the Sox pitching rotation next season.