Carlos Rodon is going to be a big part of the Chicago White Sox playoff rotation.
In Game 2, the White Sox goes from one Cy Young candidate to another. Carlos Rodon has given the White Sox all they could have asked for and more after they signed him for a one-year deal during the offseason.
In 114.2 innings Rodon has a 2.43 ERA to go along with a stellar 10-5 record. His 163 strikeouts rank third on the team. He also boasts an impressive 0.97 WHIP and opponents are hitting just .192 off of him. On April 8th Rodon threw the 20th no-hitter in franchise history and was just two outs shy of a perfect game. He was elected to his first All-Star team for his efforts.
The 28-year-old left-hander has a nasty assortment of pitches that includes a fastball that can touch 100 mph and a sweeping slider. The problem with Rodón is that he accumulates pitches very quickly. His high strikeout totals make him work hard for outs and result in early exits from games. A perfect example of this was his 11 strikeout performance against the Cubs. He came just five strikeouts shy of the White Sox single-game record but was also only able to make it through five innings.
He hasn’t pitched enough innings to be a qualified starter in the MLB leaderboards otherwise he would have a great case for Cy Young. Rodón is the favorite to get the No 2 starter assignment during the playoffs but the bullpen should be wary because they may need to cover a few more innings during Rodons starts.