Driving Your Carrasco

I loved Carlos Carrasco.  I wrote about him a few times on this blog (https://thebaseballhaven.wordpress.com/2011/06/29/guess-who-doesnt-suck-june-star-pitchers/, https://thebaseballhaven.wordpress.com/2011/06/14/chief-wa-oh/, https://thebaseballhaven.wordpress.com/2011/06/09/how-annoying-are-inconsistent-pitchers/), each time focusing on how he was inconsistent, but turning the page.  Well, those inconsistencies kicked in shortly after I was pimping him, as July was very, very unfriendly to him.  Carrasco went 0-5 with a 9.13 ERA in July, seeing his 8-4 record go to 8-9 and his ERA balloon from 3.54 to 4.67.

Luckily, it’s a new month.  Carrasco’s first August start was a no-decision against Boston tonight.  He went 7 innings allowing two earned runs while striking out five and walking three.  His nine hits allowed isn’t surprising given the Red Sox lineup, but a quality start has to be considered an improvement.

What should you expect of Carrasco going forward?  His career high for innings pitched in a season came in 2006, 159 1/3 innings, when he was pitching in LOW-A!!!  Expect some more inconsistencies and, possibly, some skipped starts, as Carrasco reaches his career high in innings pitched.  He has already accumulated 124 2/3 innings in 21 starts.  Oh, the joys of 24-year-old pitchers…

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