The Chicago White Sox has some amazing starting pitchers. One of those is Carlos Rodon. After an amazing season for him, Tony La Russa has been monitoring his innings to make sure he is ready for the playoffs. When he deals with arm soreness, the White Sox have not been shy about doing what they need to do to get him feeling good.
Rodon came back from missing a start to face the Boston Red Sox and he looked amazing. He went 5.0 innings where he surrendered one run on three hits. He had seven strikeouts and no walks. It was a great start for him as he tries to be 100 percent ready for the postseason.
The offense gave Rodon just enough in this one. The Red Sox have some decent pitching but the White Sox were able to score four runs. Michael Kopech, Aaron Bummer, Ryan Tepera, Garrett Crochet, Craig Kimbrel, and Liam Hendriks backed up Rodon after some very interesting bullpen decisions. It all worked out because the White Sox won 4-3.
Rodon is a key piece to the White Sox going forward. He showed against the Red Sox that he can pitch against a dominant lineup. They have elite hitters within that group that can do lots of damage and Carlos didn’t allow it. Outside of Bobby Dalbec’s solo shot, Rodon was pretty much perfect.
The Chicago White Sox has some elite starting pitchers ready to go for the playoffs.
Lance Lynn, Lucas Giolito, and Dylan Cease should form a very good playoff rotation. There are many theories on how to line them up in order but they are all elite in their own way. The key to that is them being healthy. Rodon’s return was a great sign.
Now, Lance Lynn needs to show some of that in his Sunday start as he comes off the 10-day IL. Lucas Giolito will also make his return on Tuesday as he recovers from a small injury. All of these guys would be playing if it were the playoffs which is good to know. This team is built for the playoffs and the pitching is the biggest key to it. With Rodon pitching as he did against Boston, there is a lot to be excited about.