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Monday, June 18, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: CARLOS CARRASCO SP CLEVELAND INDIANS

The expected happened early Sunday morning when the Cleveland Indians placed top 10-15 starter Carlos Carrasco on the 10-day DL with what is being called a right elbow contusion.  Carrasco suffered during the contusion when he took a line drive off the area during his struggling Saturday start and initial fears were of a break of some sort as he was sent to the hospital for some further evaluation.  The fact that there has been no update outside of the DL and initial contusion call likely means Carrasco avoided the dreaded break but he could be out longer than the 10 days depending on how quickly the bruise heals.  Once again we are reminded of how Carrasco finds health trouble at least once a season as he has a reputation for being one of the more injury-prone top pitchers in fantasy baseball.  With that said, Carrasco has some terrific power stuff as his 9.46 K/9 shows and the fact he came off of 226 K's a season ago.  Despite all the K's, Carrasco's 4.24 ERA is quite a bit above expectations and a .306 BABIP that is almost neutral shows he is earning his ratios.  Digging a bit further, Carrasco's walks are up just slightly and home run rate a bit more than that but his 94.3 average fastball velocity, while still excellent, would mark the fourth straight season he saw a dip.  That could be all the difference in the ERA jumping combined with the slight walk and home run increase.  In the end though, Carrasco is usually a strong finisher to a season and better times are expected when he returns.  Stay patient with the guy as he should bring the overall results we forecasted would occur.


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