Who’s the right man for the job? Who can step in Tuesday for Brett Myers and put together a solid start?
Easy: It’s Carlos Carrasco
Go back to May 2006. On a Cincinnati night, the Phillies decided to finally let Cole Hamels start his major league career. He didn’t disappoint then, and after a year of acclimating to the majors, he hasn’t disappointed since. Hamels is, of course, one of the best starters in baseball today.
Carlos Carrasco isn’t Cole Hamels. He probably doesn’t project the same way as the outstanding lefty. But Carrasco has great stuff, the ability for dominance and the need for training in the major league level. Like Hamels before him, Carrasco has done everything he’s needed to do in the minors. Handcuffed with a completely misleading triple-A line, Carrasco is too big for the small britches of Allentown.
Carrasco is 0-6 with a 5.40 ERA and 1.42 WHIP. Those numbers look poor, but they only give you black-and-white readings. Look further, and you’ll see Carrasco has a FIP of 3.36. FIP is Fielding Independent Pitching, which accounts for only the things for which pitchers are responsible. It takes out fielding and the size of the ballpark. The 3.36 reads like an ERA. That, in triple-A, while carrying a strikeout-walk ratio of over 4:1 (58/15), shows Carrasco is ready. There’s no more holding him back.
Of course, one point about Carrasco people can’t ignore is his makeup. Reports are he can get frustrated, leading to the big inning. But throughout his career, Carrasco has held a left-on-base percentage near 75 percent. While it declined this season, the longer statistical overview shows consistency.
Really, one can’t help but wonder if Carrasco is tired of triple-A.
Like I said, he isn’t Cole Hamels, but Carrasco is a good pitcher ready to contribute to a major league team. And it should not be about burning options or starting his arbitration clock — he’s coming to the Phils in September, at the very least. Start him now. Get his feet wet. Would Kyle Kendrick or Andrew Carpenter really give you a better chance to win?
Don’t waste Carrasco’s talents anymore in triple-A. Start him Tuesday.