Yankees fans destroy Ben Verlander for wildly misleading Carlos Rodón take

Come on, man. Don't do that.
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Spring training results don't matter, and are more about the process than the line score, but even the most calm and collected Yankees fan has to admit that Carlos Rodón allowing six home runs in his past two (shortened) starts is worrisome, to say the least.

Unless that ... didn't happen at all. In which case, there's no reason to worry about it, seeing as the phrase "six homers in his last two starts" doesn't describe plain ol' reality.

FOX Sports' Ben Verlander either got his wires crossed or has yet to be told what a baseball "game" is. He could've also been seeking to farm infuriated engagement from Yankee fans either fed up with Rodón or fed up with his context-free lie tweet.

Bottom line? Rodón, just trying to both stay healthy and stay within himself this spring, is dealing with too much outside noise for a so-called analyst to claim he allowed six homers in two starts, only to quickly reveal that one of those "starts" was a batting practice session against his own teammates, typically used to hone arsenals and get reps in for game action. Classifying a silent practice session on a side field as a "game," just for the sake of a rage-bait tweet, is as low as it gets.

FOX's Ben Verlander claims Carlos Rodón's BP session was a game

Come on, Ben. Three homers in two games, both of them televised, is enough to weigh on the already dinged Rodón's reputation already. In two actual contests, he's surrendered homers on the first pitch of the game (once) and the last pitch (twice). There's absolutely no need to pretend that an organized batting practice tutorial is a "game" in order to ratchet the pressure up further. This is misinformation meant to stoke Yankees hatred (and make a scuffling pitcher's life incrementally harder). There's no other reason to be intentionally misleading here.

Luckily, Yankee fans came to Rodón's defense. Maybe this might galvanize them in support of a pitcher who is clearly tinkering with his arsenal right now, and could use the boost?

On Wednesday, Rodón couldn't find his "good fastball," which he's reportedly flashed in plenty of bullpen sessions. That was worrisome enough before Verlander imported his own personal doomsday cloud and burned the house down, a la Babe Ruth.

The left-hander is certainly searching for it this spring, and the unfortunate facts speak for themselves. While he's searching for it, the last thing he should have to deal with is a half-truth stretched far enough to strain Giancarlo Stanton's hammies.