Cleveland Indians: Why Is Carlos Carrasco Still In The Rotation?

By Steve Williams
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When will Terry Francona and the Cleveland Indians decide that enough is enough?

Carlos Carrasco has received his third loss in only four starts this year, leaving his record at 0-3 for the young 2014 season. It was a typical start for Carrasco, allowing the San Francisco Giants to jump to an early lead and leaving the Tribe to play catch-up.

The sad thing is that this was actually Carrasco’s best start so far this year, going six innings and giving up four runs (and also retired the last nine batters he faced), but it wasn’t nearly enough to match the effort of the ageless Tim Hudson. This begs the question: isn’t it time to make a change?

Carrasco always had the upper hand in the battle with Josh Tomlin during Spring Training for the last spot in the Indians’ rotation, considering Carrasco was out of minor league options and Tomlin still had a few left. Putting Carrasco through waivers wasn’t is a risk that the Indians weren’t willing to take, believing that Carrasco has the stuff to turn into a successful major league starter.

And there is no question about it: he has electric stuff, but he has poor command and still does not know how to approach hitters. Having pitched in over 50 major league games in his career, there is a large enough sample size to determine if Carrasco has what it takes to be a successful major league pitcher, and the answer has to be no.

There is no doubt that Indians fans are fed up with Carrasco, and most are just waiting for Tomlin or even Trevor Bauer to become the fifth starter for the Tribe. One would have to believe that removing Carrasco from the rotation will be coming with a few more unsuccessful starts, but Indians management has been extremely patient with the Venezuelan native, and it is very possible that he will stick around for the rest of the year.

Hopefully the Indians organization realizes sooner than later that Carrasco does not give this team a legitimate chance to win.

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