In case anyone missed this article in the N&O about Rodon and Turner, who are taking part in the USA baseball tour, here are some paragraphs taken from it:
Rodon has been perfect in his three starts with a 2-0 record, 10 strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA through 10 1/3 innings – including a spotless start in the first game of the series against Cuba. The left-hander attributed much of that success to his familiarity with USA Baseball.
“The biggest thing is the travelling,” Rodon said. “I had never travelled as much as we did last year to play baseball. Now that I know what to do in those situations, that really got me prepared for what’s to come.”
“I’m a lot more comfortable this year,” Turner said. “Last year, it felt like a lot of travelling and it was more of a culture shock when we went places. This time around, I knew what to expect and I’m not quite as in the dark playing against a team like Cuba.”
Turner’s statistics against Cuba prove that point. The shortstop struggled most of the summer, holding a .221 average with a .632 on-base-plus slugging percentage through 18 games, but in his past three games against Cuba, he holds a team-leading .333 average with a .771 OPS.
The turnaround came in large part to a change in scenery, according to Turner. And with USA leading the series 3-0, he has even more confidence coming back to the Triangle.
“I got away from what I did during the regular season and just tried to fix it during” batting practice, Turner said. “I was used to a routine at school and couldn’t do that with this team. … I just simplified stuff and tried to get back to where I was earlier.”
It is unknown whether Bolt will play Monday or Tuesday – with a .136 average and .208 on-base percentage, he hasn’t played against Cuba thus far – but Turner will look to continue his hot streak and Rodon will pitch in the final game in Durham.
“Having a chance to pitch the final game of this series is pretty important to me,” Rodon said. “It’s pretty special to be pitching back at home and on this stage. It’ll be nice to have some hometown fans out there cheering us on against a team like Cuba.”
I had to add the bit about Bolt-yea, he ain't doin so well.