Well, this one is brutal. White Sox SP Carlos Rodon was two outs away from becoming a legend. Instead, he lost a perfect game in the 9th inning on Wednesday night vs. the Cleveland Indians after hitting Roberto Perez with a slider with one out. He would go on to strikeout Yu Chang before completing the no-hitter by getting Jordan Luplow out to give the ChiSox an 8-0 win.
We don’t normally see two pitchers toss no-hitters this early in a season, let alone in two weeks. Rodon is the second pitcher to toss a no-no, following San Diego Padres SP Joe Musgrove, who achieved the feat last Friday vs. the Texas Rangers. Rodon struck out 7 batters in his near perfect night of baseball.
To nobodies surprise, Rodon ($8,900 on DraftKings), finished as the top fantasy baseball play of the night. He finished with 47.65 DKFP to top the leaderboard, passing Atlanta Braves OF Ronald Acuna Jr., who had 39 DKFP on 2 HRs and 4 RBI vs. the Miami Marlins. Not to overshadow Rodon’s performance, but rookie DH Yermin Mercedes kept up his hot hitting, going 3-for-5 with 3 RBI and a HR for 24 DKFP. He’s now batting .500 and has an insane .816 slugging percentage through 10 games this season.
If this is a sign of things to come from Rodon, then look out American League. The White Sox are 11/1 to win the World Series on DraftKings Sportsbook. They’re also still 4/1 to win the American League pennant. The way the New York Yankees have started the season provides some value in looking at the ChiSox, Minnesota Twins and even Toronto Blue Jays on the early odds. Sure, the White Sox are just 6-6 but have Lucas Giolito and an offense with a lot of untapped potential (at least so far this season). Once the other bats around Mercedes get going — Luis Robert, Jose Abreu, Yoan Moncada — this team could take off.