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Here's Why White Sox Fans Should Be Concerned About Carlos Rodon

Adam Taylor McKillop
The Chicago White Sox should be concerned about their ace Carlos Rodon heading into the 2021 postseason.
The Chicago White Sox should be concerned about their ace Carlos Rodon heading into the 2021 postseason. / Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Since the end of July, Chicago White Sox ace Carlos Rodon has dealt with a number of injury concerns surrounding his pitching shoulder. He's been able to make six starts since the injury (shoulder fatigue) first appeared, but his latest performance should have White Sox fans concerned.

Chicago already clinched a postseason berth and has hopes for a World Series run this season. However, a ton of the team's success can be thanked to Rodon's dominant start of the season.

In the veteran lefty's past two outings, one of which he managed only 3.0 innings, his velocity has been way down. Rodon still managed five scoreless innings on Wednesday night, but for the second straight start his velocity was down nearly five miles per hour from its normal mark.

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On Sept. 20, his previous outing, the velocity dip was a main reason for manager Tony La Russa pulling him after only 3.0 innings of work. Earlier in the year, Rodon was easily averaging 95.3 mph, helping his career-best 12.8 strikeouts per nine innings mark. But now, that fastball plays closer to 90 mph.

It'll be interesting to see how the White Sox handle Rodon in the postseason. He's been, by far, the most dominant member of the starting rotation with his 2.37 ERA and 0.957 WHIP.

Earlier in the year, Rodon's performances saw him very much on the leaderboard for the AL Cy Young award race. Those hopes have fallen, but the White Sox still hold +750 odds (5th) to win the World Series on FanDuel Sportsbook.

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