The frustration of tribe fans everywhere starts with the five man rotation, Danny Salazar, Carlos Carrasco, headline this argument because they have been simply terrible to the start of the young season. Carlos Carrasco for example has started three games this season, not counting his start for tonight’s game in San Francisco, but has logged two games with 5.2 innings pitched and one game with 4.2 innings pitched. He has given up at least 6 hits in these three starts giving up no less then 4 earned runs a game. He has a good amount of strikeouts just like teammate Danny Salazar, but whiffs don’t matter if your giving up that many runs in so few innings worked.
Just like Carrasco, Salazar has been a very poor excuse for a pitcher this year to! Starting off the season with a 5.2 innings pitched performance were he gave up 7 hits and only 2 earned runs, a decent outing you could argue, But in his next start everything seemed to go down hill. Totaling only 3.2 innings pitch, 6 hits, 5 earned runs, 2 walks, and 10 k’s! He pretty much struck out every recorded out in his very quick start but that’s not as important as what number was left in the run column. After that start he hasn’t been able to make it to the fifth inning giving up six or more hits and four or more earned runs, to easily put it these two are struggling and holding the Indian’s back combining for a total of an 0-5 record and an ERA over 8.
Which brings me to talk about the young 6’1 prospect out of UCLA, Trevor Bauer. Bauer has been phenomenal starting for Columbus this year! In his three games started Bauer has went 18.2 innings pitched, has given up only 13 hits, 2 earned runs, a remarkable 6 walks compared to his 21 strikeouts! posting a total of 0.96 ERA and leaving hitters with a .197 average against him. Bauer has also made a spot start for Cleveland this year, posting 6 innings pitched, giving up 4 hits on 2 runs (1 earned), 2 walks and an astonishing 8 strikeouts while leaving batters with a .182 average against him. He ended up with a tough loss but we can all agree that he showed the big league staff what he is capable of and let the numbers do the talking.
Needless to say many Indians fans would feel the same as I do by wanting him to be brought up and replace one of those two guys in the rotation. The stats are there and shows that he has grown a lot within the last year and is proving himself to the big man upstairs that he deserves the shot of pitching in a big league uniform every five days. So why not bring him up? He couldn’t possibly do worse then what Salazar and Carrasco have done so far in the last month. Calling him up can be a great thing for the Tribe giving them a solid outing and racking up some innings if he produces, but if he doesn’t perform up to his potential what can hurt? The Indians will either get great numbers from Bauer or be stuck with the same production they’ve been getting from Salazar and Carrasco.
-Cameron T. Lopez