8:02 PM – The way Carlos Carrasco has been pitching of late, I figured starting a liveblog recap an hour into the game would put us roughly in the bottom of the first inning. But you know what they say about assumptions in the Bible, don’t you? (It’s against it.)
Anyway, Carrasco is working on a perfect game into the fifth inning, while his counterpart James Shields is looking pretty good himself. This game is approaching its halfway point and we’re scoreless.
8:05 PM – Welp. There goes the perfecto. After retiring the first 13 Royals he faced, Carrasco gives up a hard-hit single to Lorenzo Cain to right. Jinxety-Jinxy-Do.
That said, Carrasco is looking sharp—pitching on both sides of the plate with good separation and command. I mentioned this to Craig on Sunday, but I find it odd how quickly the rotation seemingly has been converted from contact-groundball types to power-strikeout-flyball guys. Corey Kluber, Scott Kazmir, Carlos Carrasco and Zach McAllister are all guys who get it up in there in the mid-90s and induce lots of swings and misses. We’ve come a long way from 2009, when Jeremy Sowers had the single worst swinging-strike rate of any pitcher in Major League baseball. In fact, let’s look a quick chart of the Indians starting pitchers over the last five years. [Read more...]