When the 2015 season began, Carlos Carrasco of Barquisimeto was ready to bring it. He’d finished with an incredible run in the last two months of 2014, and seemed primed to compliment Cy Young Award winner Cory Kluber on the Indians’ pitching staff.
The big righty signed a $22 million contract, and struck out ten on Opening Day.
Then, in his second start, on April 14, he got hit in the jaw with a line drive off Melky Cabrera’s bat. He was a bit up-and-down afterward, his ERA ballooning to 4.98 at one point.
It took him a few starts to recover, but his last three (all victories) have been splendid: 21 innings, 4 earned runs, 23 strikeouts. He’s baffling them with a combo of fastballs, sliders, and change-ups. His ERA is down under 4.00 now, and who knows, perhaps a spot on the American League All-Star team isn’t out of the question.
Perhaps he gained some good pitching karma in going the distance in a loss on May 17, throwing 114 pitching but saving the tired Tribe bullpen tribulations.
Nice recovery, Carlos. And remember the immortal words of Mike Tyson: “everybody has a plan ’til the get punched in the mouth.” Or whacked in the jaw with a baseball.