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Carlos Rodon may not be a “star” in the traditional sense of the term. But he is a former No. 3 pick playing in a big media market, and he holds a high rank in the “Better Than You Think” club.

On the surface, there’s the 3.90 ERA that Rodon has put up in his 304.1 innings with the Chicago White Sox. Most recently, he managed just a 4.04 ERA in 165 innings as a sophomore in 2016.

But from another perspective, Rodon was the equal of the American League’s Cy Young winner last season. He matched Rick Porcello’s 3.89 xFIP, a stat that prioritizes strikeout and walk rates while normalizing home run rates.

This was the lefty’s reward for striking out over a batter per inning (9.2 K/9) while drastically improving his walk rate from his rookie season, going from a 4.6 BB/9 to a 2.9 BB/9. What’s more, these and Rodon’s home run rate improved from the first half to the second half.

Lo and behold, the 24-year-old was a different pitcher down the stretch. His pitch selection evolved from a sinker-heavy approach to a multidimensional attack with more four-seamers, sliders and changeups.

Rodon will look the part of a top-of-the-rotation starter if he picks up in 2017 where he left off in 2016, showcasing strong command of wicked stuff. Even better, the results should also be there.

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Tim Anderson gave the Chicago White Sox “Lucky Lefty” Chris Sale the earliest lead possible, and Sale used it to become the majors’ first to win 12- games.

Sale tied his season high with nine strikeouts, Anderson led off the game with his first career homer and the White Sox handle the Boston Red Sox 3-1 on Tuesday night 6/22.

Chris Sale said, “I had good command and just confidence, too.”

That confidence was evident as sale (12-2) held Boston to four hits over seven innings. He got to a dozen wins before the season midpoint.