Rodon (4-3) allowed three runs on five hits and one walk while striking out six over eight innings, winning for the first time in four starts in Wednesday's 6-5 win over the Tigers.
Rodon went eight innings for a second consecutive start and has pitched into the eighth inning in five of his last six starts. The left-hander has been getting deeper into games, averaging 6.7 innings per start in 2018, up from 5.7 last season. He told Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times that getting deeper is the result of more first-pitch strikes, which is borne out by the numbers: entering Wednesday's contest, 59.3 percent of his first pitches have been located in the zone, up from 56.2 percent in 2017. He's been one of the better pitchers in the league over the last six weeks, going 3-0 while posting a 1.60 ERA and 0.93 WHIP in seven starts. Rodon takes that line into his next start Tuesday at home against Minnesota.
Rodon didn't factor into the decision in Saturday's 2-1 win over the Rays, allowing on unearned run on three hits and five walks over six innings while striking out four.
The southpaw threw only 57 of 98 pitches for strikes but was able to avoid serious damage, with Tampa's only run scoring on a second-inning infield single after Carlos Gomez got the third base on a passed ball. Rodon will take a 2.94 ERA into his next start Friday at home against Cleveland.
Rodon fired 7.2 innings Sunday, yielding two runs on five hits and a walk while taking the no-decision in the 7-4 loss to Toronto. He struck out six and allowed a home run.
Another strong outing for Rodon, who lowered his season ERA from 4.55 to 3.24 in July. Aside from Aledmys Diaz's solo homer in the fifth inning, the 25-year-old lefty held the Blue Jays in check for most of the afternoon. Rodon also improved to a 49:21 K:BB after Sunday's contest. He'll get another decent matchup in Tampa Bay on Saturday.
Rodon (3-3) got the win Tuesday, allowing two runs on two hits and three walks while striking out eight over 7.2 innings against the Angels.
Rodon was in top form Tuesday, going 5.2 no-hit innings and taking a one-hit shutout into the eighth. The only damage on his ledger was done in his final frame, as he allowed two baserunners on a double and a walk and saw both runs come around to score against the bullpen, but it was still a terrific outing for the lefty. Following a rocky June, Rodon has worked to a 1.71 ERA with 21 strikeouts over 21 innings in three starts in July. Next up is a home date Sunday against the Blue Jays.
Rodon (2-3) tossed 7.1 shutout innings and allowed just three hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in a victory Wednesday against the Cardinals.
Rodon added 12 groundball outs to his nine strikeouts in a dominant outing, as the Cardinals only managed to get one runner to second base in the first seven innings. His changeup was particularly nasty, as Cardinals hitters whiffed at four of the 23 he threw (17.4 percent) and didn't manage a single hit on any of the seven changeups they put in play. Rodon has thrown quality starts in three of his last four outings and will take a 3.56 ERA into the All-Star break.
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