The Chicago White Sox needed someone to step up and snag that spot as the fifth starter. Lucas Giolito, Dallas Keuchel, Lance Lynn, and Dylan Cease are going to make a great top-four. Having that awesome fifth guy, however, could be the difference between winning 90 games and 95 games. The White Sox have a good enough club to do that if everyone is going well. As of now, it looks like Carlos Rodon is going to be that guy.
Carlos Rodon is looking really good in his attempt to be the Chicago White Sox fifth starter.
He is trying to win the job over Reynaldo Lopez. Garrett Crochet and Michael Kopech are both natural starters but are both going to come out of the bullpen for this year. Their futures look bright but also will be decided (in terms of their roles) later. For now, Rodon appears to be that guy. He continues to have a really good spring training here in 2021.
A lot of people have been referencing Ethan Katz ever since he was hired. Some people act like he is going to turn every pitcher they have into Chris Sale. He is going to help out a lot but he isn’t going to fix everyone. With that said, his hiring actually does appear to be helping Carlos Rodon so far. All we can do is hope that it continues and he stays healthy.
Rodon had another good spring outing on Sunday. He went a full four innings and only gave up one hit, no walks, and had five strikeouts. No runs were scored on his watch. It was as close to perfect as he could go in a scheduled spring training start. His stuff looks good and he looks like he has control over it. He was a really high draft pick for a reason but was never able to fully tap into that potential. Now, it looks like bringing him back might have been a really smart idea.
Rodon will probably have one more start under his belt before the regular season. He probably needs to have one more really good showing for anyone to feel confident in him but he certainly should be the guy at this point. There is no time to waste this season because we know what this team can actually do if everyone is on board playing well. Rodon deserves a lot of credit for the way he has played so far this spring.