Rodon Struggles, Pack 9 Drops Opener vs App, 6-3

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So yeah, I could hear the groans even from all the way out here in the desert southwest.  Just a sampling of what else could be heard….

“Here we go again….another highly touted Wolfpack sports club in the preseason, another letdown.”

“Number 8 in the nation?  And they lost to App State?”

“Well dang.  Who broke Carlos?”

In all fairness and full disclosure, that last one was me, a quote of my own post on the Opening Day thread when I saw the final score and the stats yesterday evening.  Granted, it was tongue in cheek, but it was also somewhat surprising and a bit disconcerting to see that Rodon experienced such struggles yesterday in the Pack’s opener.

But as I went on to say in that post, Carlos will be fine.  Barring injury, his physical tools are unquestioned.  Between the ears he’s always been a competitor and I can’t imagine that has suddenly changed.  If anything, this might make him a better pitcher in the long run.

And give the guy a break already.  Even Cy Young had a bad outing once in a while.  Oh, and by the way…Rodon hadn’t lost a game since his junior season at Holly Springs HS (nearly three years ago), so he was due.

He’ll be fine.

And there were some bright spots.  Most notably Trea Turner (So, SS), who picked up where he left off last season going 2 for 4 with a double, 2 runs scored and 2 steals.  Jake Fincher (So, CF) went 1 for 3, and newcomer Will Nance went 1 for 2 from the DH slot.  Unfortunately for the Pack, that was about it offensively speaking.

The Wolfpack bullpen logged three innings yielding only one run on one hit in the process.

As for Carlos Rodon, his day wasn’t all gloom either.  He recorded 8 Ks and yielded only 1 free pass.  His 5 hits given up in 6.0 full innings of work isn’t glaring either.  Unfortunately, three of those five hits were round trippers.  For perspective on that, he yielded only two HRs all of last season in 114.2 innings.

Also, the Pack drew a record official crowd of 2,396 fans for yesterday’s opener, plus some others who took in the game unofficially from the parking deck.

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Links:

Pack Drops Season Opener 6-3 (GoPack.com)

NC State baseball gets rattled early, falls in opener (N&O)

And here’s one I wish I had linked up yesterday, because I can imagine the smart-assed remarks some of you will have in response to it after yesterday, but here it is anyway….

N.C. State pitcher Carlos Rodon wants a title (N&O)

“Once you step inside the lines I’m coming to beat you,” said Rodon, an imposing sight on the mound at 6-3 and 234 pounds.

Rodon was the first freshman to be selected a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award, college baseball’s version of the Heisman Trophy. Florida catcher Mike Zunino was the 2012 winner.

“Mentally I improved a lot as a freshman,” Rodon said. “Out of high school I considered myself more of a thrower. Now I’d say I know how to pitch. Just by playing one year you learn so much.”

For the record, Rodon has not lost a game since his junior year at Holly Springs High, but realizes an “L” likely will come at some point in college.

“It’s going to hurt,” he said. “It’s been a while but losing is a good thing.”

Good thing?

“Because you learn from it,” he said. “But winning is better. You have to hate to lose and love to win – that’s the way I look at it.”

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So the Pack *might* try to bounce back and get into the win column vs App today at 1pm.  I say might because currently the weather forecast ain’t looking so great.  The game was already moved from 4pm to 1pm to try to get it in before mother nature unleashed some wet and maybe frozen stuff in Raleigh, but currently it looks like she has also moved up her own schedule, with rain expected to begin mid-morning and perhaps turn over to a frozen mix by early afternoon.

Looks like a twin bill for Sunday (or Monday depending upon field conditions) is becoming more and more likely.

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Be sure to get over to the SFN Forums and make your voice heard.

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7 Responses to Rodon Struggles, Pack 9 Drops Opener vs App, 6-3

  1. Wolfpack F-14 02/16/2013 at 6:53 AM #

    Not too worried, it is just one game and I think Carlos will be just fine.

    What I do have a problem with is Avent putting Carlos in to pinch hit. He is one of the best pitchers in the entire country and does not need to take a chance of getting hurt at the plate. I know he was a very good hitter in HS but he does not need to be hitting for us. Just imagine one bad pitch hitting him in an elbow for example and not being able to pitch…….. I am sure Carlos is pushing to hit but Avent needs to just say no in my opininon.

  2. dcllc 02/16/2013 at 7:29 AM #

    Is it just me or do all of you see the basketball floor in the background which makes it very hard to read SFN??

  3. vtpackfan 02/16/2013 at 7:54 AM #

    As noted App is coming of a great year-they graduated almost everyone and their HC left to take over at Duke. It’s hard to be able to be at their level this early in the year.

  4. BJD95 02/16/2013 at 10:13 AM #

    There isn’t much danger in getting hurt swinging the bat. He’s a good hitter, and it’s good MLB prep if he’s drafted by an NL club.

    Rodon’s HR/fly ball rate was fluky and unsustainable last year (sabermetrics 101), so you saw the law of averages work the other way yesterday. His K rate shows the dominance is still there, and I’m not worried at all.

  5. TheCOWDOG 02/16/2013 at 11:41 AM #

    Location, location, location.

    Don’t mean nothin’. He’ll be awrite.

  6. ncst8zr1 02/16/2013 at 12:27 PM #

    I was at the game and was very disappointed in our (lack of) hitting. OK, I know it’s only one game, and the first one of the year. I may be wrong, but it seems like we have more than the usual percentage of small/skinny (or not muscular) starters. I will be surprised if this team hits many home runs. Maybe the lineup will change significantly as the season wears on. I was somewhat surprised that last year’s starting center fielder, who was injured in the first game and out for the season, did not play (Williams?).
    The crowd was probably the biggest ever for a season home opener. Of course, the weather was very good.
    Go Pack. And….beat the Hokies today.

  7. ncst8zr1 02/16/2013 at 12:29 PM #

    NOW I see the record crowd info above.

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