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Storylines: Carrasco makes his case to stay in rotation

Storylines: Carrasco makes his case to stay in rotation
Carlos Carrasco (Photo: AP)
August 11, 2014
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  • The Indians have been one of the most up and down teams all season long. Defensive mistakes and the inability to get timely hits have been their Kryptonite over their recent four-game losing streak and really the entire season; however on Saturday and Sunday the team finally looked like it was contending for the postseason. Carlos Carrasco has pitched in just about every role in the bullpen since he lost his spot in the rotation in April. He found a home in the bullpen and really seemed to come into his own there, and given a chance to redeem himself as a starter on Sunday he was more than up to the task. Carrasco gave the Indians five shutout innings and allowed no walks and had four strikeouts. His changeup confused hitters and his slider was effective. He once again showed a glimpse of why he is so tantalizing as a starter as he has electric stuff ad is nearly untouchable when he is on and is not overthinking the situation at hand.  This was a similar outing to his start back in June 2011 at Yankee stadium when he shut them out for seven innings. He credited bullpen coach Kevin Cash on his improvement on the mound saying, “He told me go hard and not to worry about anything. Don’t change anything. Do what you can do. When I was starting in April, I was thinking too much about everything.”

Tribe News

  • New outfield prospect Zach Walters got his first start in left field on Sunday. He went 0-for-3 with a walk in his debut. He was called up on Sunday when Nick Swisher and David Murphy were placed on the disabled list.
  • In the last three wins in New York, two of those games were shutouts. Carlos Carrasco has started in both of those games.

Other News and Notes

  • According to Bill Ladson of MLB.com, the Washington Nationals will promote top outfielder prospectMichael Taylor.  This move is due to outfielder Steven Souza being placed on the DL with a left shoulder contusion. Taylor is ranked 72nd overall in baseball as a prospect. 
  • The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired righty Kevin Correia from the Minnesota Twins for either cash considerations or PTBNL.
  • Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Los Angeles Dodgers have DFAed lefty Colt Hynes. This move was made to create room for newly acquired righty Kevin Correia.
  • According to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register, lefty Tyler Skaggs will have to undergo Tommy John surgery. Skaggs will likely miss all of next season and will try to make a full recovery in 2016 for the Los Angeles Angels.
  • The Philadelphia Phillies have claimed righty Jerome Williams off of waivers from the Texas Rangers. Righty reliever Sean O’Sullivan has been DFAed to make room for Williams. This is Williams’s third team in a span of six weeks.
  • The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed infielder Tommy Field off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels. He will be optioned to AAA.
  • According to the San Diego Tribune, the San Diego Padres will promote top outfield prospect Rymer Liriano. He is ranked as the 6th best prospect overall in baseball.
  • Jim Bowden of ESPN reports that the Texas Rangers will not promote their top infield prospect Joey Gallothis year.

User Comments

Chris
August 11, 2014 - 5:53 PM EDT
As much as I would like Rymer Liriano to be the #6 prospect in baseball, he is the 6th best prospect in the Padres' system. I'm excited for the potential of some Padres offense nevertheless.
OhioBaseball
August 11, 2014 - 2:27 PM EDT
I couldn’t help but notice how much harder Carrasco was throwing in his start vs. the Yankees. He was regularly 95-96mph with very nice arm side run on his fastball. Previously when he started he was throwing with less effort and getting less juice on his fastball (this is normal for starters). I think the Indians saw how good he’s been in the bullpen with the higher effort delivery and asked him if he could try that out as a starter and it worked this weekend. He was even hitting 97mph in his final inning (the 5th), so he didn’t seem to wear down that much.

I say to hell with it and let him rip off high effort fastballs as a SP. He was missing his spots but at those velocities and movement, he can get away with it. I think he looked very impressive – that is the front of the rotation potential he showed when he was younger.

I'm fully supportive of this approach with Carrasco because he looked damn impressive.
shy
August 11, 2014 - 11:06 AM EDT
Tigers are a middle of the pack ballclub second half. They got Torii Hunter and Victor Martinez - and Rajai Davis wearing out on old legs and an old closer w an ERA of 6. The most consistent starter- Anibel Sanchez just went down and could be through for the year. The Royals on the other hand have everybody healthy and firing on all cylinders. On top of that, they have proven to be a very good second half team the past couple of years. Looks to me like the A's and Royals will be fighting it out for the pennant. I think the Indians would have to go 30-14 to finish the season to overtake the Royals.
Walter
August 11, 2014 - 10:47 AM EDT
Kluber - Bauer - Carrasco - Salazar could become a good rotation if the later 3 three can develop consistent good outings. Time will tell if this happens. Still cant believe the Indians are 5 1/2 games out of first, based on how inconsistent they have played all year with that terrible defense. Does that mean the Tigers are way overrated?
Homer
August 11, 2014 - 8:37 AM EDT
FWIW, the Tribe told him to keep the exact same routine he had as a RP. That might be huge for him, keeping him comfortable on the mound. Nice outing, I've been a fan for several yrs but have honestly lost faith in his ability to be a SP. He looked like what I thought he could become on the mound yesterday. Plus, if he's pitching with a chip on his shoulder he might actually be motivated to prove he belongs in the rotation. I hope he finishes strong, it would be beneficial for the Tribe going into next season. However, I wouldn't write him into the rotation just yet.
MT88 in WI
August 11, 2014 - 7:54 AM EDT
Pleasantly stunned by performance of Carrasco yesterday. Now we need to see some repeat ability. Not suggesting and 5 inning shutout but getting a quality start. Otherwise it was as much as a flash in the pan as the Tomlin performance in Seattle earlier this year....

Rich
August 11, 2014 - 7:45 AM EDT
I saw the game on the Yankees network and Paul O'Neill was the commentator. As the game went on he kept expressing amazement that Carrasco has struggled so much in his career. He said Carrasco has great stuff and couldn't figure out why he was 0-12 in his last 17 starts with an ERA over 8.0 and opposing batters hitting .343.

O'Neill said if Carrasco did nothing but throw his 96 mph sinking fastball he would do better than that.

I think part of Carrasco's problem is throwing too many pitches. Carrasco said he was thinking too much as a starter. In the bullpen you go as hard as you can and just throw your two best pitches, and he's been having success doing that. He did the same thing yesterday and threw five shutout innings, although the Yankees are not a great offensive team right now.

Maybe he just needs to maintain that reliever's mentality - go as hard as you can for one inning at a time, throw your best pitches rather than all your pitches, and challenge the hitters. Carrasco didn't walk anyone yesterday. Everytime he got behind in the count he came in with a fastball and the Yankees couldn't square it up.
shy
August 11, 2014 - 2:35 AM EDT
I have been quite pleased with the progress Carlos has made as a reliever. However right now the Indians are struggling like a lot of teams not named the Athletics to find good starters and so he won't be leaving the rotation for the rest of the season unless he goes backwards,, gets injured or traded. He has been an important part of a very good Tribe bullpen this year, but there are several guys who have the stuff to move up including Lee, who has been lights out since being recalled, Austin Adams, Brian Price, Tyler Sturdevant and even Shawn Armstrong. When you see the Dodgers signing Kevin Correia and Fausto Carmona, and Anibel Sanchez and Joakim Soria going down in Detroit you know the demand for somebody who can do what Carrasco has been doing is huge at the moment. I still don't believe the Indians have the talent to chase down the Royals. Be interesting to see the Royals and A's go at it the next few days. Could be a preview of October.

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