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Saturday, September 30, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL POSTSCRIPT: CARLOS CARRASCO SP CLEVELAND INDIANS

It seems like each and every spring we generally say the same thing about Cleveland Indians hard-throwing pitcher Carlos Carrasco that basically centers on "if only he can stay healthy, ace status in fantasy baseball is very possible."  That phrase still applies to Carrasco in looking ahead to 2018 as he once again showed tremendous ability the year prior in registering a 3.29 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 226 strikeouts in 200 innings (10.17 K/9).  Carrasco has more than solidified himself as one of the very best strikeouts artists in the game in having reached the 200-K mark twice in the last three seasons but he really sets himself apart when combining that with spot-on control with as shown by a tremendous 2.17 BB/9 in 2017.  Pretty much everything checks out with Carrasco's ace qualifications when it comes to the pitching numbers but he can't fully get to anchor a fantasy baseball staff until he quits getting injured so often.  Having one of the more violent deliveries no doubt causes much of the physical trouble for Carrasco and that is almost impossible to tinker with given the fact he gets such good results from that approach.  With last year being the only time Carrasco has gone past the 185 inning mark, it needs to be accepted by prospective owners that you will not be getting a full season of work here.  Be that as it may, Carrasco is an easy top ten power ace when you examine him on a per start basis and so he is arguably the top SP 2 pitcher in all of fantasy baseball for 2018.  While Carrasco has the results on paper to qualify as an ace, you are running a big risk for your overall staff if he fronts a fantasy baseball rotation given the dicey health.
2018 PROJECTION:  14-7 3.24 ERA 1.12 WHIP 203 K 

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