The Chicago White Sox have endured a rollercoaster-esque sequence of ups and downs as a team in the early stages of the 2021 season. The team’s attempts to move above the .500 mark have been fruitless thus far, but there has been no shortage of standout individual performances along the way.
Early on, Yermin Mercedes dominated MLB headlines with a torrid 8-8 stretch to begin the season. As a result, Mercedes earned American League Player of the Week honors for April 1-4 after his historical performance throughout MLB’s opening weekend.
Now, a White Sox pitcher is taking home those honors for an even more impressive feat. After throwing a no-hitter last Wednesday night against the Cleveland Indians, Carlos Rodon earns AL Player of the Week honors for April 12-18.
Rodon struck out seven batters on his historical night and the only blemish was a hit batter with one out in the ninth inning. That plunking cost Rodon a perfect game, but he locked in and recorded the final two outs to achieve the no-hitter.
So far this season, Rodon sports a 2-0 record, spotless ERA, and a 2.10 FIP in addition to 16 strikeouts and just two hits over 14 innings. He will look to build his strong early numbers when he takes the mound for the White Sox in their series opener at Cleveland on Tuesday night.