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White Sox, La Russa Still Deciding Carlos Rodon Playoff Role

There is a lot riding on how Carlos Rodon will feel in the coming days after his final start of season for the Chicago White Sox.

Carlos Rodon
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The Chicago White Sox have just three games remaining on their regular season schedule. Then for the second straight season, they will head into the playoffs. For most of the regular season the White Sox rotation was anchored by a name that many did not expect. Carlos Rodon.

Rodon had a sensational first half of 2021 after the right hander re-signed with the team that let him slip into free agency just months prior. At July 31st Rodon was an impressive 8-5 with a 2.45 ERA while fanning 145 batters in 104.2 innings. All that while tossing his first career no-hitter that would have been a perfect game if Roberto Perez had only moved his foot.

It was the type of first half that no one had expected. Carlos Rodon was in CY Young discussions. At one point the expected ALDS Game 1 Starting Pitcher if not the second. Everything was fantastic.

But as the calendar changed to August things started to get a little bit different. The White Sox rotation that had been stellar and healthy through the first half of the year started to hit a few bumps. One of those bumps was Carlos Rodon’s availability. While the stats haven’t missed the same marks they hit earlier in the year, the fastball velocity has been down, and he has also missed his fair share of starts since August 1st. In what was his final start of the regular season on Wednesday Rodon looked effective.

What’s next for Rodon?

However, while looking effective Wednesday night White Sox Manager Tony La Russa still has not said yet whether or not Carlos Rodon will be in his rotation come time for the Astros in the ALDS. Prior to Friday nights contest on the South Side La Russa let reporters know that it will come down to how Rodon is feeling this weekend after playing some catch.

A lot seems to be riding on how Rodon will feel in the coming days. A healthy Rodon could be a difference maker in the ALDS for the White Sox. During the 2021 season Rodon has held the Astros lineup to just 4 hits over 14 IP in 2 starts.

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