The Chicago White Sox really could use a big year from Carlos Rodon.
For right now, Michael Kopech and Garrett Crochet are going to be coming out of the bullpen. They are flamethrowing pitchers that expect to be starters someday. It is fair because the team wants to ease them in when the time is right. Coming in and shutting the opposition down later in the game makes perfect sense for them in this situation. They might be in the rotation one day but for now, the bullpen is their home.
Cease feels like a lock to be in the rotation with the big three so it came down to Carlos Rodon and Reynaldo Lopez. Rodon has a much higher ceiling but he has always found a way to get hurt throughout his MLB career so far. He was one of the best pitchers in the nation during his draft year and that is why the White Sox selected him with the third overall pick of the draft. They are taking one more chance on him and his potential.
So far in spring training, he has taken the lead for the job. Lopez hasn’t been the best and Rodon was really good in his time up to this point. If he can come in and be the number five for most of the season, the White Sox will win a lot of games. There is not much pressure on him in this situation in terms of being the ace. There is pressure, however, based on the fact that he needs a contract next year.
This group could help the White Sox win a lot of games. If it sticks like this, that would mean they are all playing well and winning games. Anything can happen with Lopez, Crochet, and Kopech but for now, this seems like the best group. It would be nice to see it all pan out.