Carlos Rodon to Make First MLB Start on Saturday vs Cincy

Former Wolfpacker (as if there was such a thing…I’m looking at you Russell Wilson), Carlos Rodon has spent his relatively short professional career in triple-A Charlotte, and more recently in spot relief duty out of the ChiSox bullpen.  But beginning Saturday, at least temporarily, he’ll be working on a more regular schedule.

Rodon is scheduled to make the first start of his MLB career this Saturday at home vs the Cincinnati Reds, and we think the often soft spoken Rodon is happy about it.

We know we are.

And while it’s true that Rodon’s first start might be happening a bit earlier than expected due to current “personnel issues” on the Sox staff regarding the suspensions of Chris Sale and Jeff Samardzija, it was still only a matter of time until Rodon got his shot in the rotation.

Hopefully, he’ll make the most of this opportunity and make it hard for White Sox manager Robin Ventura to toss him back in the pen when the suspendees have returned.  But even if he doesn’t, his future will still be very bright…unless his left arm falls off.

Jeff Samardzija drops appeal, Carlos Rodon to make first start (Chicago.SunTimes.com)

“A little more comfortable with it. I obviously have never started at this level, but at other levels, every five days you know what your day is and you know your routine,” Rodon said. “I’m back on it. It’s the same thing, the same routine I’ve done in Triple-A and college and high school. It’s just a little better hitters.”

No offense to the hitters Rodon faced in the minors or at N.C. State, but Saturday will be a different challenge. If his wipeout slider isn’t sharp or he doesn’t have control over the developing change-up, the Reds could make his first start a memorable one for the wrong reasons.

But Rodon knows that, partly because he’s already pitched in the majors and has experienced what’s needed to get big-league hitters out. He’s used to the environment, something he wouldn’t be if he hadn’t gotten a chance to get acclimated to the majors in a relief role.

“Getting used to coming out here, the schedule and everything,” Rodon said. “It’s just a bigger ballpark, different crowds, better players obviously. It’s real fun. It’s a dream, man. “

As for how much fun Rodon will get to have Saturday, Ventura was coy on Rodon’s pitch count.

“As far as him going out there and what to expect out of him from the start, there’s really not a limit to him going out there,” Ventura said.

I meant to get this up earlier, but life got in the way.  So special shout out to long time forums poster 44rules for the reminder.

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  • #86172

    Wufpacker
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    Former Wolfpacker (as if there was such a thing…I’m looking at you Russell Wilson), Carlos Rodon has spent his relatively short professional career
    [See the full post at: Carlos Rodon to Make First MLB Start on Saturday vs Cincy]

    #86161

    44rules
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    No link to link to, but the fantasy baseball note next to his name says Carlos Rodon will start Saturday against the Reds. Yes, he’s on my fantasy team.

    Wufpacker EDIT – Meant to get this up, in fact. Thx for the reminder 🙂
    Throwing it up on the main blog to increase visibility.

    Communism is not love. Communism is a hammer which we use to crush the enemy. Mao Zedong

    #86170

    PackerInRussia
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    Here’s your link: link.
    He can thank Samardzija for the opportunity. Hopefully he makes the most of it.

    #86176

    highstick
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    http://theblow.us/2015/05/nfl-seattle-seahawks-rumors-qb-russell-wilson-will-have-no-baseball-clause-contract-may-2015.html

    Move this to a Russell thread if you’d like…I’m still laughing though!

    "Whomp 'em, Up, Side the Head"!

    #86178

    highstick
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    Sure am glad they didn’t try to force Rodon to pitch a couple of weeks ago in Chicago…Sure was cold and damp and WINDY…sounds like Chicago weather…

    "Whomp 'em, Up, Side the Head"!

    #86182

    PackerInRussia
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    Are the Sox secretly a little happy about the suspensions cuz it forces them to see what their future ace can do? We are of course.

    #86190

    44rules
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    Thanks Wuf! Looking forward to this. All the fantasy advice says don’t start him against the Reds, but my ERA and WHIP are shot this week anyway.

    Communism is not love. Communism is a hammer which we use to crush the enemy. Mao Zedong

    #86192

    FergusWolf
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    I wonder why the fantasy advice is not to start him? In my many years of only half-a** paying attention to baseball, I’ve noted a trend that big league hitter tend to fair badly the first few times they see a good (<– note, I said good, not mediocre or bad) pitcher.

    You can see many cases (Dice K, Strausberg, etc…) where a pitcher absolute destroys the competition until there is enough scouting and tape on them that the hitters can adjust.

    Based just on that, I just bet the entire amount of my mortgage on Rodon getting the win tomorrow.
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    #86198

    44rules
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    Well, the “experts” say the Reds have a powerful lineup, Rodon is inexperienced, and the Chisox ballpark is hitter friendly.

    Communism is not love. Communism is a hammer which we use to crush the enemy. Mao Zedong

    #86219

    Wufpacker
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    Line on Rodon so far tonight (thru 3.0 IP)…2 runs on 3 hits, 4 k/3 bb.

    Game tied 2-2.

    #86220

    Wufpacker
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    Thru 5 Rodon now has 7 k’s, fastball still in mid to upper 90’s. Pitch count at 91 so probably another inning, 2 at most.

    But he’s thru 5 and Sox now have a 3-2 lead so for the moment at least, he’s in line for the W.

    #86223

    Wufpacker
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    Final line on Rodon tonight…6.0 IP, 2 runs on 4 hits, 8k’s/4bb’s.
    Sox have a 5-2 lead in the 7th.

    #86224

    Wufpacker
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    Make that 6-2.

    #86226

    Wufpacker
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    Make that 7-2.

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