Facing Kansas City, one of baseball’s worst teams at 54–105, Rodón failed to record a single out before being pulled in the first inning. He allowed eight earned runs on six hits and two walks, including a two-run home run to outfielder Edward Olivares.
Rodón left the game after throwing just 35 pitches to eight batters, with the Yankees trailing 5–0. Reliever Matt Bowman didn’t fare much better, allowing three of the runners he inherited from Rodón to score, along with a ninth run on a sacrifice fly. 14 total batters came to the plate for Kansas City in the first inning.
Carlos Rodón with one of the worst starts in MLB history pic.twitter.com/tQCcxSJ2pz— Talkin' Yanks (@TalkinYanks) September 30, 2023
Rodón’s early exit caps a rough first season in pinstripes for the veteran former White Sox and Giants All-Star. He was New York’s major offseason acquisition, signing a six-year, $162 million deal with the team ahead of the 2023 season.
Rodón was never able to fully recover and slot in as the Yankees’ No. 2 behind potential Cy Young winner Gerrit Cole, though. He posted a 3–7 mark on the year, and Friday’s rough start balloons his 2023 ERA to 6.86 in 14 starts.
New York has the 30-year-old under contract through the 2028 season.