KANSAS CITY – It’s a start that’s continuing to test tradition statistical companies around Major League Baseball.
Elias Sports Bureau did so ahead of Carlos Rodon’s fifth start of the season, because his first four were that good.
Though his first four starts, the left-handed starter’s 0.72 ERA was the third-best to start a season in the history of the White Sox. That included four victories and even a no-hitter against the Indians on April 14th.
So why would his fifth start of the year be any different?
Against the Royals at Kauffman Stadium on Friday, Rodon looked as he has most of the season for the White Sox: Dominant.
Over the course of six innings he allowed just five hits and no runs, struck out eight batters while walking none in pacing a 3-0 win over Kansas City. It’s the fifth-straight win to open the season for Rodon, who was not tendered an offer by the club last December yet is their best pitcher at the moment.
By not allowing a run, Rodon’s ERA is now all the way down to 0.58, which is second only to the Mets’ Jacob deGrom (0.51) in all of MLB. It’s also the third time in his five starts that he’s worked into or past the sixth inning.
The White Sox offense gave him just enough support while he was in the game, with catcher Zack Collins’ 430-foot homer getting the White Sox on the board in the fifth inning. Adam Eaton and Jose Abreu pushed across RBIs in the sixth to complete the scoring.
Codi Heuer, Aaron Bummer, then Liam Hendriks finished off what Rodon started in the final three innings as they held the Royals off the scoreboard.
But once again it was Rodon who was the star, as his historic start continues to add new chapters in the record book while also undearthing some other noteworthy numbers.