When the San Francisco Giants signed left-hander Carlos Rodon to a two-year, $44 million contract over the offseason, every analyst and specialist said they got one of the best bargains in free agency.
Rodon was a legitimate Cy Young candidate last year with the Chicago White Sox, but he didn’t pitch enough innings to be seriously considered.
In any case, a 2.37 ERA in 132.2 frames is nothing to sneeze at.
Arm issues down the stretch may have lowered his price this year, but so far, he has shown he is 100 percent healthy in 2022.
Yesterday, he dominated the Detroit Tigers to lower his ERA to 2.62 and his WHIP to 1.09.
He was on the mound for six innings, in which he conceded just one earned run on seven hits.
He didn’t walk anyone and struck out four hitters.
Rodon Has Been One Of The Most Consistently Productive Starters In Baseball
But here is the most amazing fact about his campaign: in 15 starts, he has only allowed more than two earned runs on two different occasions.
“Carlos Rodón’s earned runs allowed per 2022 start: 1, 1, 0, 1, 2, 2, 8, 2, 3, 1, 2, 0, 0, 1, 1,” Codify Baseball tweeted on Wednesday.
Carlos Rodón's earned runs allowed per 2022 start:
1, 1, 0, 1, 2, 2, 8, 2, 3, 1, 2, 0, 0, 1, 1 😮 https://t.co/YaYVF4gQJz
— Codify (@CodifyBaseball) June 29, 2022
He conceded three runs in one of them, which is still acceptable.
In the other one, however, Rodon surrendered eight earned runs.
It was his only clunker of the season: we will take one really bad start in 15 tries, though.
He has been incredibly impressive every time he takes the mound.
Can you imagine what his stat line would look like if he hadn’t had that eight-run stinker?
He could be in the low-twos or in the high-ones.
It doesn’t really matter: he bounced back after that horrible start and showed he is one of the most consistently dominant left-handers in baseball.