Carlos Carrasco is on fire for the Indians

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Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco came one out short of his first career shutout on Sunday afternoon in Cleveland, firing 8 2/3 scoreless innings against the visiting White Sox. He was lifted at 103 pitches after allowing a two-out single to Jose Abreu in the top of the ninth inning. Cody Allen was called on to get the save in a 2-0 victory for the home team.

Carrasco yielded just four hits and struck out eight Chicago batters without issuing a walk. He’s been ace-like since returning to the Indians’ rotation on August 5, boasting a 0.70 ERA and 42/4 K/BB ratio spanning five starts and 38 2/3 innings. This run of dominance actually dates back to late April, when he was moved to the bullpen and began to shine.

“Pitching out of stretch. Cutting down pregame program. Really has taken relief mentality to starting,” is how MLB.com Indians beat writer Jordan Bastian described Carrasco’s emergence on Sunday.

Carrasco had a spot on Baseball America‘s Top 100 Prospects rankings in his age 20, 21, and 22 seasons, and he was a major piece of the package that the Phillies gave to the Indians for Cliff Lee in July 2009.

Now the Venezuelan is blossoming at age 27 for an Indians team that has won three straight games and might still have time to sneak into the playoffs. They’re five games back of the Royals in the American League Central and 3 1/2 games back of the Mariners for the second American League Wild Card spot.

Report: Mets and Rick Porcello agree on one-year, $10 million pact

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Ken Rosenthal and Eno Sarris of The Athletic report that the Mets and free agent starter Rick Porcello have agreed on a one-year contract. Per Jon Heyman, the deal is for $10 million.

Porcello, 30, is coming off of the worst season of his career. Though he went 14-12, he compiled an ugly 5.52 ERA with 143 strikeouts and 45 walks over 174 1/3 innings. It has been a rough three years for Porcello, who has an aggregate 4.79 ERA since 2017.

The benefit of this one-year deal for Porcello is that, if he has a bounce-back season, he can potentially leverage that into a multi-year contract next offseason.

The Mets also signed Michael Wacha to a one-year, $3 million deal on Wednesday. The rotation already features Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Marcus Stroman, and Steven Matz. Unless the Mets trade one of those four, they will seemingly have to use one of Porcello and Wacha out of the bullpen to start the 2020 season with the odd man out serving as rotation insurance.

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