Carlos Carrasco was bumped to the Indians’ bullpen earlier this season, but Zack Meisel of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports he’s getting another shot in the starting rotation this Sunday against the Yankees.
Carrasco, 27, struggled to the tune of a 6.95 ERA over four starts before being yanked from the rotation in late April. He has found a home in the bullpen since, posting a 2.30 ERA and 39/9 K/BB ratio over 43 innings, but the Indians have an opening for a starter with Justin Masterson in St. Louis, Danny Salazar and Zach McAllister in the minors, and Josh Tomlin in the bullpen.
Carrasco has an ugly 5.66 ERA over his first 44 starts in the majors, so perhaps the bullpen is where he belongs, but it’s easy to understand why the Indians haven’t abandoned the idea of using him as a starter. The 27-year-old right-hander certainly has the arsenal, with a mid-90s fastball to go along with a curveball, slider, and changeup.
With his Astros trailing the Tigers 2-1, catcher Robinson Chirinos began his at-bat in the bottom of the ninth a triple shy of the cycle. He doubled in the second inning, singled in the fourth, and hit a solo homer in the seventh. Yordan Álvarez and Yuli Gurriel both struck out, leaving the Astros’ fate in the hands of Chirinos against Joe Jiménez. After working the count to 2-1, Chirinos slapped an 85 MPH slider to the gap in right-center field. A diving Travis Demeritte could not come up with the ball, but center fielder Harold Castro fired the ball back in to Gordon Beckham, who then made a perfect throw to Dawel Lugo at third base. Chirinos was tagged out for the final out of the game. No triple, no cycle. The Astros lost 2-1.
Chirinos was attempting to become the first Astro to hit for the cycle since Brandon Barnes on July 19, 2013 against the Mariners.
The Astros entered Wednesday’s game as the largest favorite in 15 seasons, according to ESPN’s David Purdum. The Astros were -500 per Caesars Sportsbook. Other sportsbooks had them at -550. So the Tigers’ win was quite the upset.
Justin Verlander went the distance in the loss. The only blemishes on his line were solo homers to Ronny Rodríguez in the fifth and John Hicks in the ninth. They were the only hits he allowed while walking none and striking out 11.