The Chicago White Sox had a tough loss to the Toronto Blue Jays last night. Lucas Giolito and Robbie Ray put on the pitching duel that we all expected to see from them. The Jays took advantage of the White Sox bullpen before the White Sox were able to do the same so now they are down 2-1 in the series. Luckily, Carlos Rodon is going to be on the mound today to try and split the series.
Rodon was originally scheduled to be the starter for the Field of Dreams game in Iowa before hitting the 10-day IL the day before. He has had 19 days to rest up and be ready for the dog days of the season. With the series on the line, he will be there to try and get them the win.
Rodon has been one of the best pitchers in all of baseball so far this season. He has a record of 9-5, a 2.38 ERA, and a 0.957 WHIP. All of this totals him out to a 3.9 WAR which is stunning. If he reaches the innings limit and keeps up these similar numbers, he will be in contention for the American League Cy Young Award.
It has been great to watch him have this type of season after everything he has been through this season. The White Sox almost didn’t even bring him back after how 2020 went but they are sure happy that they did. Now, they really need him to come up big down the stretch.
Carlos Rodon is going to have a very big start for the Chicago White Sox.
Rodon will face Hyun Jin Ryu of the Blue Jays. He is a really good pitcher too so the White Sox needs their offense to really get to him early. Everything they did to Jose Berrios on Tuesday is what they need today vs Ryu.
If the White Sox win this game, they will have gone 7-7 in the daunting stretch that included the New York Yankees, Oakland A’s, Tampa Bay Rays, and Toronto Blue Jays. All of those teams are very good and are very tough to beat.
That is why the return of Rodon is extremely important. The offense showing up is equally as important but that will be much easier if they know a good starter is on the mound. For the entire season, that has been the case with him so hopefully, it continues. Lucas Giolito’s great start was wasted so it would be nice to see them turn it around for Rodon. Either way, it is good to have him back.