In this new series here at CST, we will be individually previewing each projected starting player on the 2015 Cleveland Indians’ team, culminating with a full season preview in mid-March. Now pitching, Carlos Carrasco.

The 2nd half on the 2014 season was when we finally saw Carlos Carrasco mature, blossoming into the great pitcher everyone knew he could be. He’s always had nasty stuff, but never had the ability to harness his pitches or quite frankly his emotions until then.

If you take a look at the statics below, you can see just how much of an improvement Carrasco made from before the all-star break to after. It was a change to the bullpen after an 0-3, 6.95 ERA start that got Carrasco on track last season. His record was brought up to 3-4 and his ERA pushed down to a solid 3.88. Most importantly, his once lost confidence had return. So important for any baseball player, especially one that’s on the mound.

Back in the starting rotation come the middle of August, he thrived. His first start back in the rotation was a 4-1 win thanks to his five innings of scoreless pitching for. Next, he handled the O’s with ease with another seven scoreless innings and another Indians win.

Finally, he had two amazing outings in September. One, a scoreless 8 2/3, and the other a two-hit complete game shutout. Carrasco finished the year 8-7 with a 2.55 ERA.

 

 

 

Carrasco, now 28 years old, is one of the hardest throwing pitchers in baseball. Coming into this season with complete command of both his fast ball and off-speed pitches, the sky is the limit for the 2nd starter in this Tribe rotation filled with potential.

However, there are unfortunately no guarantees as baseball can be very mean and nasty to its players. Carrasco’s body of work has more negatives than positives, and it’s vital that he doesn’t slip back into his old ways of frustration. A.K.A. trying to take the head off of an opposing batter.

Carrasco, along with many of his other fellow starters not named Corey Kluber, has a lot to prove this year. Despite a chunk of success, it’s the continuation of that to and a throughout this year that will make him into an elite pitcher.

Without a good Carrasco, it’ll be difficult for this team to command the AL Central!

Prediction: 10-8, 3.81 ERA

Roll Tribe!

-Zach Shafron

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