rosin_2014-02-26

Seth Rosin Makes An Impression On Day One

rosin_2014-02-26

I’m not really going to “recap” a spring game. I could bother with the four seconds it would take me to verify that it was actually a 4-1 Arizona win, which I think was true, but I honestly don’t care. They keep team records, but it’s just meaningless, because spring isn’t about wins and losses. It’s about individual players tuning up for the season, or in some cases, proving they deserve a job.

That being said, it’s Feb. 26, so obviously don’t dwell too hard on the fact that Clayton Kershaw looked less than stellar — five hits and a walk in two innings, as three runs scored, partially helped by a Carl Crawford goof in left field. Kershaw wasn’t particularly great last spring either, and this is barely more than an scrimmage, though he did get hit hard, then actually went down to the bullpen following his appearance to get more work in. It doesn’t matter. Seriously. If his next three outings look like this, then we’ll talk. Until then, he’s more than earned the benefit of the doubt.

Instead, let’s focus on the fun parts, like:

  • • VIN SCULLY OH MY GOD VIN SCULLY
  • • Yasiel Puig collecting a single and a double, when Arizona radio stations weren’t calling for him to be beaned
  • • Seeing Alexander Guerrero in action (struck out looking, 4-3 groundout, turned a smooth double play)
  • • Seeing Joc Pederson and Ross Stripling like real live major leaguers
  • • The return of Jose Dominguez, who struck out in a scoreless sixth
  • • A long ground rule double from Justin Turner
  • • Our first look at the SNLA presentation, which looked snappy and professional, though with a disappointing lack of pitch speed. (Which may be a spring or Talking Stick-specific issue.)

But really, the biggest takeaway from today’s game was this: Get to know the name Seth Rosin (pictured above), who impressed greatly by striking out five in two scoreless innings, including Paul Goldschmidt, Aaron Hill, and Martin Prado consecutively in the fifth. Now, let’s be fair: If we can’t get too bummed about a lousy Kershaw start, then we also can’t get too excited about one spring appearance from Rosin, lest I refer you to Brim’s post from a few days ago about spring stats.

Still, as a Rule 5 pick, Rosin has more to fight for than most, and it’s not like he tore through some nondescript minor leaguers there. I still have absolutely no idea how he’s going to find a home in what is already an overstuffed bullpen, but I do know that I’m already pre-sad that he’s probably going to be lost because Brandon League and Chris Perez exist.

Or, since it’s only Feb. 26, we might be just ready to ship him off ourselves after he gets blown up four times in the next three weeks. Either way, if you believe in first impressions, Rosin made a wonderful one today.


Mike

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255 comments
Coach McGuirk
Coach McGuirk

@Catfistin  Think of Dave Warner's "scared eyes" assessment of England's batsmen after the first Test of the Ashes summer." 

Just thinking about it gets me all worked up.

Coach McGuirk
Coach McGuirk

@Catfistin  Misspellings aside, there seems to be better sportswriting down under. More imaginative, anyway.

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler moderator

How can a fanbase be that unappreciative of a perennial MVP candidate?

*Looks at idiot Dodger fans who do the same to Matt Kemp*

Oh.

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

btw... bob isn't actually banned, right? 

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

fine you peeps keep on hating. It's like 11:30 isn't a good time to post a new article, or something.

TheReggieHurley
TheReggieHurley

guerrero not looking so good in this video, too many balls hit off center for bp.

rodney stubbs
rodney stubbs

Anyone know what hotel the dodgers are staying in? I'm booking for this weekend.

postdeblue
postdeblue

What this Dee and Mets thing I hear about?

efb
efb

why is DD dead? 

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Why are we comparing books to Oreos?

efb
efb

i wanna know goat IRL so bad

LouisPFreely
LouisPFreely

Does anyone know if Sportsnet LA will release an app ala the Lakers Sportsnet app?  It will save me money on MLB.TV and a VPN subcription.

Math Cosmos Feline
Math Cosmos Feline

Brim, what are you talking about? I was able to refresh DD just fine