As a member of UMass’s graduate-student union during a contract negotiation with that school’s administration in 2007, the present author may or may not have uttered the words “This is what democracy looks like” whilst walking in a circle and holding a picket sign. Luckily for the reader, what follows isn’t an example of what democracy — but rather of what very promising White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodon — looks like when the latter is making his major-league debut, which thing he did on Tuesday night in the sixth inning of Chicago’s game at Cleveland (box).
In terms of both of fielding-independent pitching and also just the regular kind of pitching, Rodon’s debut was not a success. He conceded three hits and two runs over 2.1 innings. He recorded a 1:3 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He entered the game with his club down 1-2. It was 1-6 when he departed.
Given Rodon’s arm speed, however, and his slider and his previously established levels, it’s unlikely that many of his future appearances will be so disappointing. In either case, what follows is a brief visual summary of Rodon from his debut.
Here, for example, is the fourth pitch of Rodon’s appearance and also the fourth ball he threw:
Here’s the hardest pitch he recorded, a 98.7 mph fastball to Ryan Raburn on a 3-2 count:
And the other hardest pitch he recorded, a second 98.7 mph fastball to Raburn on a 3-2 count:
Rodon threw only three of his 11 sliders for a strike. Like a married couple from Connecticut in the 1970s, however, all those strikes were of the swinging variety.
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Carson Cistulli has published a book of aphorisms called Spirited Ejaculations of a New Enthusiast.
Did you mean “not” so disappointing? I’m confused…
Yes! Edited! Thanks!