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Carlos Rodon is the Hottest Pitcher in MLB Over His Past 5 Starts



Former NC State All-American pitcher Carlos Rodon has been the hottest pitcher in Major League Baseball over his past 5 starts.

His 1.56 ERA over his past 5 starts is tops in all of baseball. In all 5 of those starts, he has pitched 6+ innings, and has not recorded a loss (his record over the stretch is 2-0).

White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper attributes a lot of his success to first-pitch strikes, and the development of a slider. He is throwing first-pitch strikes 59.2% of the time, which is 4.4% higher than his career average. He currently has the 17th best slider in baseball, and uses it 24.5% of the time. Also, his pitches aren’t getting crushed as hard this year, with his hard hit rate sitting at a career low of 27%.  (Info via 670)

In Cooper’s opinion, Rodon has the stuff to be the best lefty in baseball.

“The stuff he’s got, he can be one of the best lefties (in the game),” Cooper said. (Link)

With a little less than 2 months left in the regular season, Rodon is easily compiling the best season of his 4-year career. His ERA (2.94), WHIP (1.09), opponent batting average (.191), and hits per 9 innings (6.16) are all at career lows.

Here is a quick clip from his 8K no-hit bid from late July.


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NC State’s 2018 NFL Preseason Week 2 Report: 8/20/18



Last night two former NC State football players suited up together for the Indianapolis Colts in their 19-20 loss to the Baltimore Ravens to close out Week 2 of the NFL 2018 Preseason.

Andrew Luck is still shaking off the rust, but former Wolfpack quarterback Jacoby Brissett (3rd Season) looked the part of a starter, completing 14 of his 23 pass attempts for 172 yards.

In an interesting turn of events, it was reported earlier that the Seattle Seahawks offered a 2nd round pick for Brissett, but Colts GM Chris Ballard is denying it.

While Brissett shined, former NC State running back Nyheim Hines (Rookie) continued to struggle holding onto the ball. Hines has now fumbled the ball 4 times in the first two preseason games. He rushed the ball 5 times for 12 yards, and had 1 reception for 9 yards. Hines also returned 4 kickoffs for an average of 23 yards, and 3 punts for an average of 5 yards.

Hines had seemingly snagged the return man duties as a rookie, but with 4 fumbles in the first two preseason games, his grip on that position might be in serious question.

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Seahawks Offered 2nd Round Pick for Jacoby Brissett



According to, the Seattle Seahawks offered the Indianapolis Colts a 2nd round pick for former NC State quarterback Jacoby Brissett.

The Colts rejected the overture, in keeping with owner Jim Irsay’s early August declaration that his organization would not part with “the best backup quarterback in football,” even if the offer was as steep as a first-round pick. (NFL)

The interest in Brissett isn’t new. On the day of the 2018 NFL Draft earlier this year, two teams tried to work out a deal with the Colts for Brissett.

With Andrew Luck injured last season, Brissett played in all 16 games (starting 15). He completed 58.8% of his passes for 3,098 yards, throwing 13 touchdowns compared to 7 interceptions.

Under Brissett’s rookie contract, he will earn $735,076 for 2018 and is scheduled to earn $890,114 in 2019.

Though Luck is back in the fold, his health is far from a guarantee. The Colts are wanting to keep the best insurance possible, and they believe that’s found in Brissett, who they think is the best backup quarterback in the NFL, and he comes at a low cost.

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NC State’s 2018 NFL Preseason Week 2 Report: 8/18/18



Week 2 of the 2018 NFL Preseason continued last night with 7 more games, and 9 former NC State players were represented.

Broncos 24 Bears 23

Linebacker Bradley Chubb (Rookie), got the start once again, and had 4 tackles, including a sack on former UNC quarterback Mitch Trubisky that resulted in a safety.

Chargers 24 Seahawks 14

Quarterback Russell Wilson (7th season) completed 13 of his 21 passes for 193 yards for Seattle.

Cornerback Dontae Johnson (5th season) picked up 1 tackle as a reserve for the Seahawks last night.

Offensive Guard JR Sweezy (6th season) didn’t play for the second straight week for Seattle.

Quarterback Philip Rivers (15th season) completed 6 of his 7 pass attempts for 62 yards for the Chargers.

Defensive Tackle Justin Jones (Rookie) was out for the 2nd straight week with an injured ankle.

Jaguars 14 Vikings 10

Tight End David Grinnage (3rd season) played as a reserve for the Jags, but didn’t record any stats.

Offensive Guard Tony Adams (Rookie) didn’t play for the Jaguars last night. He did play as a reserve in week 1.

Offensive Tackle Will Richardson (Rookie) played as a reserve for the Jags, after not seeing the field the week before with a hand injury.

Cornerback Jack Tocho (2nd Season) played as a reserve for the Vikings, but didn’t record any stats.


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Trea Turner’s power / speed combo puts him in MLB history books



Former NC State (and current Washington Nationals) SS, Trea Turner, is having what has become a historic season.

So why hasn’t there been more hype around the 25-year-old?

Well, last year in an injury-shortened season (412 ABs), Turner was on an even torrid pace. He batted .284, hit 11 HRs and stole 46 bases. That was coming off a 2016 season where, in just 324 ABs he hit an insane .342 with 33 HRs and 33 steals.

Those type of numbers have made some see his 2018 numbers as a sort of letdown.

After last night’s big game (2-5, HR, 3 RBIs) Turner is hitting .268 with 15 HRs in 504 ABs. He’s also stolen 32 bases. While he’s shown a better pace in the past, the current pace is actually good enough to land him in the MLB record books.

Trea Turner is already showing historic power/speed combo numbers, but his past numbers show, this might just be the beginning of what is possible for the young SS.

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