Carlos Rodon has been nothing short of excellent since signing with the San Francisco Giants. The left-hander is striking out batters left and right and quickly endearing himself to the baseball fans of San Francisco. Rodon is doing so well that he has already broke a record that was set by Giants legend Tim Lincecum. Rodon broke Lincecum’s record of 35 strikeouts through a pitcher’s first four starts by striking out 9 in his last outing, bringing his total to 38 on the season.
Tim Lincecum was a fan favorite with the Giants who led the team to three World Series championships during his time in San Francisco. Additionally, “The Freak” was a 4-time All-Star and 2-time NL Cy Young award winner.
Rodon made an All-Star team for the first time in 2021. But he could be in the NL Cy Young conversation if he continues his tremendous pitching moving forward in 2022.
Rodon discussed the record breaking start to the season.
“That’s only four games, so there’s a lot more left. That’s cool, but Tim did a lot of amazing things here, so that doesn’t really mean much, I feel like.”
He is correct by saying Lincecum accomplished a lot during his time as a Giant. Rodon certainly has a ways to go before we start comparing the two in a legacy sense. But right now, he is performing amongst the best hurlers in all of baseball and the Giants are winning games because of it.
Carlos Rodon will aim to continue pitching at an elite level as the Giants attempt to keep pace with the Dodgers and Padres in the NL West.