The last time Carlos Rodon was on the mound, this past Monday night against the Angels, he gave up five runs on six hits and two walks in only 1/3 of an inning. After 10 straight quality starts dating back to last August, the 23-year-old left-hander knows that he simply has to put what happened on Monday night behind him and look forward to his next outing, which comes today in the second of a three-game set with the Texas Rangers.
To do that, Rodon took a quick look at the 41 pitches he threw on Monday night and noticed that he wasn’t attacking hitters, which is something he’d like to do on a more consistent basis. This idea was reinforced as he watched Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta throw a no-hitter on Thursday night in Cincinnati.
“Through the sixth, he was 2-0 on a lot of guys and that’s not normal for him. You see him and he’s like, ‘Screw it. I’m going to throw a fastball down the middle and let’s see if you can hit it.’
“Just challenge guys. That’s something I can learn from. Just go up there and throw the ball. See if you can hit it. See how far you can hit this one, if you can hit it at all. Guys will pop it up or roll over.”
Rodon understands that he’s not always going to have his best stuff every single day, so he’s ready to take this new approach and put it into action.
“You have to say, ‘Forget about it, ‘ and just see what you are made out of and challenge those guys if your stuff is not working. Say you only have a fastball. Well let’s see if he can hit your fastball. That’s the adjustments you have to make. This game is not easy, although some people may think so.”
Having no problem saying “I got my butt whooped”, Rodon seems ready for today’s start against the Rangers.
“Five days took a little while this week, but we are here and ready to go. I got a little fire under my butt.”
The Rangers will counter with veteran right-hander Colby Lewis, whom today’s White Sox lineup has hit very well. Collectively, today’s starters have gone 32-91 (.352) against Lewis.
Here’s everything else you need to know about today’s matchup.
Texas Rangers (10-7) at Chicago White Sox (11-6)
Time: 1:10 PM CT
Location: U.S. Cellular Field
Radio: WLS, WRTO 1200
Starting Pitchers: Colby Lewis (1-0, 4.00 ERA) vs Carlos Rodon (1-2, 4.73 ERA)
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