Trevor Rosenthal, who ended the 2011 season in low-A ball, is finishing his 2012 season by throwing triple-digit fastballs in the Major Leagues, as he did so effectively on Wednesday afternoon. Following Kyle Lohse’s outing, Rosenthal was thrown in a jam in the sixth inning as he had to get Angel Pagan out with two runners on, and did so successfully by getting him to hit a 100-mph fastball to Pete Kozma for the third out.
In 4 2/3 innings this postseason, Rosenthal has allowed one hit, one run, and has struck out seven. He has been absolutely sensational and is truly beginning to blossom into a Major League pitcher. Though I have no problems with Edward Mujica, I was a little surprised to see Matheny replace Rosenthal with Mujica in the seventh, just because Rosenthal seemed so dominant. But you know Mr. Matheny, he loves to play match ups. I think he’s been over-thinking a little bit, and while match-ups shouldn’t be totally thrown out in the postseason, statistics and trends don’t tend to match up in the playoffs. This is a pretty non-tangible point, but after watching baseball for so many years, I think it’s pretty clear that if you can perform under pressure, you can perform in the playoffs, and that seems to be the trend that Trevor Rosenthal is on.