Carlos Rodon Makes Giants Fans Forget Kevin Gausman

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Kevin Gausman was an ace in 2021. After finishing sixth in Cy Young voting, Gausman hit free agency, leaving a large hole to fill.

Gausman’s Impact

In 2021, Gausman threw 192 innings to the tune of a 2.81 ERA. He struck out 227 batters and only walked 50. The most significant part of Gausman’s season was his ability to start every game. His 33 games started was tied for the league lead. A pitcher like this does not grow on trees.

This past offseason, Gausman signed with the Toronto Blue Jays on a five-year, 110-million-dollar contract. Gausman has continued to shine in Toronto and joined Cy Young as the only pitcher in the World Series era (since 1903) to start five games while not allowing a home run or a walk.

Moving on without Him

This offseason, the Giants made a free agent splash of their own by bringing in Carlos Rodon. Rodon signed a two-year, 44-million-dollar contract with a player option. For what Rodon has brought to the Giants so far, that is a bargain for the club. Rodon has been unbelievable. He has made six starts, and, over those starts, he has thrown 35 innings, struck out a league-leading 53 batters, and has a 1.80 ERA. Rodon also leads the league in FIP, walks per nine innings, and strikeout/walk rate. That is about as dominant as it gets.

If Rodon throws more than 110 innings, he has the ability to opt out after this season. Unless Rodon gets injured, he should hit 110 innings with ease, and one would assume he uses the opt-out and tests the open market. Although Rodon may not be around for the long haul, the Giants filled the Kevin Gausman-hole with a pitcher that has been better.

The concern with Rodon has been injuries. If you watch Rodon pitch, he throws max effort on every ball he throws. If Rodon can stay healthy throughout the whole season, he could be better than any other free agent pitcher from this past offseason. He could outperform Max Scherzer, Kevin Gausman, and reigning Cy Young winner Robbie Ray. Rodon has led the 2022 Giants pitching staff and has been a top pitcher in Major League Baseball.

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