Storylines: Carrasco makes his case to stay in rotation
- The Indians have been one of the most up and down teams all season long. Defensive mistakes and the inability to get timely hits have been their Kryptonite over their recent four-game losing streak and really the entire season; however on Saturday and Sunday the team finally looked like it was contending for the postseason. Carlos Carrasco has pitched in just about every role in the bullpen since he lost his spot in the rotation in April. He found a home in the bullpen and really seemed to come into his own there, and given a chance to redeem himself as a starter on Sunday he was more than up to the task. Carrasco gave the Indians five shutout innings and allowed no walks and had four strikeouts. His changeup confused hitters and his slider was effective. He once again showed a glimpse of why he is so tantalizing as a starter as he has electric stuff ad is nearly untouchable when he is on and is not overthinking the situation at hand. This was a similar outing to his start back in June 2011 at Yankee stadium when he shut them out for seven innings. He credited bullpen coach Kevin Cash on his improvement on the mound saying, “He told me go hard and not to worry about anything. Don’t change anything. Do what you can do. When I was starting in April, I was thinking too much about everything.”
- New outfield prospect Zach Walters got his first start in left field on Sunday. He went 0-for-3 with a walk in his debut. He was called up on Sunday when Nick Swisher and David Murphy were placed on the disabled list.
- In the last three wins in New York, two of those games were shutouts. Carlos Carrasco has started in both of those games.
Other News and Notes
- According to Bill Ladson of MLB.com, the Washington Nationals will promote top outfielder prospectMichael Taylor. This move is due to outfielder Steven Souza being placed on the DL with a left shoulder contusion. Taylor is ranked 72nd overall in baseball as a prospect.
- The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired righty Kevin Correia from the Minnesota Twins for either cash considerations or PTBNL.
- Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Los Angeles Dodgers have DFAed lefty Colt Hynes. This move was made to create room for newly acquired righty Kevin Correia.
- According to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register, lefty Tyler Skaggs will have to undergo Tommy John surgery. Skaggs will likely miss all of next season and will try to make a full recovery in 2016 for the Los Angeles Angels.
- The Philadelphia Phillies have claimed righty Jerome Williams off of waivers from the Texas Rangers. Righty reliever Sean O’Sullivan has been DFAed to make room for Williams. This is Williams’s third team in a span of six weeks.
- The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed infielder Tommy Field off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels. He will be optioned to AAA.
- According to the San Diego Tribune, the San Diego Padres will promote top outfield prospect Rymer Liriano. He is ranked as the 6th best prospect overall in baseball.
- Jim Bowden of ESPN reports that the Texas Rangers will not promote their top infield prospect Joey Gallothis year.
I say to hell with it and let him rip off high effort fastballs as a SP. He was missing his spots but at those velocities and movement, he can get away with it. I think he looked very impressive – that is the front of the rotation potential he showed when he was younger.
I'm fully supportive of this approach with Carrasco because he looked damn impressive.
O'Neill said if Carrasco did nothing but throw his 96 mph sinking fastball he would do better than that.
I think part of Carrasco's problem is throwing too many pitches. Carrasco said he was thinking too much as a starter. In the bullpen you go as hard as you can and just throw your two best pitches, and he's been having success doing that. He did the same thing yesterday and threw five shutout innings, although the Yankees are not a great offensive team right now.
Maybe he just needs to maintain that reliever's mentality - go as hard as you can for one inning at a time, throw your best pitches rather than all your pitches, and challenge the hitters. Carrasco didn't walk anyone yesterday. Everytime he got behind in the count he came in with a fastball and the Yankees couldn't square it up.