Rockpile Links, 3/22: Nicasio on Chapman, more

From the Denver Post, Patrick Saunders talked with Juan Nicasio about Reds closer Aroldis Chapman, who was hit in the head by a line drive in a Spring Training game Thursday. Nicasio was struck in the head by a line drive in 2011, an incident he says he is mostly able to keep from his mind on the mound.

Also from the Post, Benjamin Hochman has a piece on Jorge De La Rosa and...tacos. After a brief discussion of his diet, Hochman goes on to predict an All-Star appearance for the Rockies lefty in 2014/

Bill Geivett talked to Fangraphs' David Laurila about the aquisition of Brett Anderson and how he thinks the lefty will fit in the clubhouse and at Coors Field.

Around MLB

FiveThirtyEight took at a look at the correlation between Spring Training stats and regular season numbers and found that a rough spring can somewhat project some struggles when the games start to count.

Finally, Grantland has a look at the two-game Opening Series between the Dodgers and Diamondbacks in Australia, which opened the MLB season while most of us were sleeping.

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