Carlos Carrasco, Cleveland Indians
We already touched on Corey Kluber‘s disappointing start to 2019, so it makes sense to now shift focus to his fellow rotation mate. Carrasco is slated to take the hill Wednesday against the Seattle Mariners, and he has a lot of work to do when it comes to getting his season-long numbers back to normal.
He enters his fourth start with his typical strikeout rate (30.9%) and walk rate (5.5%) in tow, but also with a 12.18 ERA. Two of his first three starts have yielded at least six earned runs, and he’s still trying to complete more than five innings for the first time in 2019.
Some things that will (hopefully) start stabilizing for Carrasco is his hard-hit rate allowed (61.8%) and ground-ball rate (20.6%). His curveball usage has also been cut down drastically so far (12.3% in ’18, 4.4% in ’19). He’s only thrown it seven times this season, but hitters have posted a 433 wRC+ and 0.0% strikeout rate against it (29 wRC+ and 34.0% strikeout rate in ’18).