Settling In

Ever since the Cleveland Indians shipped Carlos Carrasco into the bullpen, the youngster has improved his game. Despite his starting potential, the right hander struggled often throughout his brief career. During the 2013 campaign, Carrasco started seven games, registering four losses without a single victory, only to achieve a double digit earned run average. After converting to a reliever, the Venezuelan looked more comfortable while slightly improving his statistics.

In similar fashion, the same situation occurred for Carrasco this year. In four starts, the young veteran surrendered 18 runs on 24 hits. Despite nine walks and an earn run average just below 7.00, Carrasco racked up 23 strikeouts. Unfortunately, his four starts resulted in three losses and a no decision, in which the Indians did win. Whatever the cause, Carrasco is simply better as a member of the bullpen.

Correspondingly, Carrasco’s numbers reflect how much the righty has upgraded. In the month of May, he appeared in seven games, pitching 12.1 innings only coughing up 11 hits and four runs. Carrasco finished the month with a 10:4 strikeout to walk ratio and a 2.92 ERA. June only got better for the young pitcher. The Venezuelan fanned 11 batters (nine innings, five games), earned his first victory of the season, and recorded his first career save.

In addition to Mickey Callaway being a great pitching coach, Carlos Carrasco has enhanced his composure. Callaway obviously refined the right hander’s mechanics, but the youngster looks confident out there. Comfortable is an excellent word to describe him on the mound now. Although nothing is written in stone yet, Cleveland might have found a new home for the Venezuelan pitcher.

-Max Gold

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