Tag:Fausto Carmona
Posted on: June 10, 2011 8:26 pm
Edited on: June 10, 2011 9:04 pm
 

Benches clear in New York

Mark Teixeira

By C. Trent Rosecrans
 

While there was plenty of talk about batters being plunked during the recently completed Yankees-Red Sox series, there wasn't much done about it besides talking to reporters.

Well, with the Red Sox safely out of town, the Yankees got bent out of shape when Fausto Carmona hit Mark Teixeira in the second inning and the benches cleared. Sure, it wasn't much more than a basic baseball millabout, but it could be worth watching in the next couple of days.

On the first pitch after Curtis Granderson launched a homer to make it 4-0 Yankees, Carmona hit Teixeira between the shoulder blades. Teixeira got up yelling at Carmona, and manager Joe Girardi joined him.

Girardi and Indians manager Manny Acta also had a prolonged discussion about the day's events.

Carmona has now hit seven batters this season, and Teixeira has been hit seven times this season, including Tuesday against the Red Sox when he had to leave the game.

Carmona struck out Teixeira in the fourth in their next meeting.

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Posted on: June 4, 2011 12:30 pm
Edited on: June 4, 2011 12:32 pm
 

On Deck: Cahill vs. Beckett at Fenway



By C. Trent Rosecrans

Trevor CahillJosh BeckettBEST MATCHUP: The day's early game has about as good of a pitching matchup as you could hope to see with Oakland's Trevor Cahill facing off against Boston's Josh Beckett. Chahill has struggled as of late, dropping his last three decisions after a 6-0 start, but he's still sporting a 2.31 ERA. Beckett is coming off his first loss since April 5, allowing more than a run for the only time in May in his outing against the Tigers, raising his ERA to 1.80. Not too shabby. Athletics at Red Sox, 1:10 p.m. ET (Watch live)

NL WEST SHOWDOWN: The Giants have just a half-game lead on the Diamondbacks, while the Rockies are 5.5 games back and in need of keeping within striking distance of the first-place Giants. The Rockies have the same record at home as they do on the road -- 13-15, something Giants starter Madison Bumgarner would love to say. San Francisco's lefty is 0-2 with a 5.49 ERA at AT&T Park. Colorado's Jhoulys Chacin allowed three first-inning runs against the Cardinals in his last outing, but settled down to allow just one more run in five more innings, helping save the teams' bullpen. He's 5-4 with a 3.33 ERA overall. Rockies at Giants, 4:10 p.m. ET (Watch live)

LEADERS MEET: In the only meeting between division leaders this weekend, the Rangers face a struggling Fausto Carmona. Carmona gave up nine runs in four innings in Toronto on Monday and has gone 0-3 with an 8.39 ERA in his last four starts. Carmona had a terrible outing on opening day before going on a seven-game stretch where he had an ERA of 2.22. He hasn't picked up a win in more than a month. Rangers starter Derek Holland has never faced the Indians. He's 4-1 with a 4.96 ERA, going 2-1 with a 3.41 ERA on the road. Rangers at Indians, 7:05 p.m. ET (Watch live)

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Posted on: May 24, 2011 4:28 pm
Edited on: May 25, 2011 12:57 am
 

On Deck: Beckett looks to slow down Indians

OD

By Matt Snyder


Are we in for a low-scoring night? From established aces like Justin Verlander and Dan Haren to up-and-comers like Jhoulys Chacin and Zach Britton, there are plenty of solid arms in action Tuesday night. In fact, there are 21 starting pitchers on the schedule with ERAs below 3.50 and 10 below 2.75 -- and this excludes Josh Collmenter (0.69) and Jorge De La Rosa (3.34), as the Rockies and Diamondbacks are already underway. Granted, some of the guys included are small samples like Johnny Cueto and Vance Worley, but it's still quite a night for good pitching.

Beckett vs. Red-Hot Tribe: It's pretty safe to say the Indians have been on a hot streak for the entire season, or at least at home. The Indians are the best team in baseball at 30-15 but are a ridiculous 19-4 at home. Asdrubal Cabrera stands out as the star of the team at this point, but he hasn't been carrying them or anything. This is a true team in every sense. Trying to slow the Indians down is Josh Beckett, in what should be a good battle. Beckett brings in an AL-best 1.73 ERA. He lost his first start of the season at Cleveland but has been on a different level since then, sporting a 1.38 ERA with 48 strikeouts in 52 1/3 innings. In four of those eight starts, he has allowed zero runs. In two more, he's allowed just one. Unstoppable force vs. immovable object? We'll see. Fausto Carmona (3-4, 4.76) toes the slab for the Tribe. Boston at Cleveland, 7:05 p.m. ET.

Opposite Directions: As Stats, Inc. pointed out Tuesday afternoon (via Twitter), the Twins are looking to avoid their longest home losing streak since they weren't even the Twins. A loss against the Mariners Tuesday evening would mark the 10th straight in Target Field and would match a franchise high ... with the 1957 Washington Senators. As always, the Twins entered the season with high expectations, but they're clearly the worst team in baseball at 15-31. Meanwhile, the Mariners are riding high. They were the consensus last-place prediction in the AL West heading into the season. But after six consecutive victories, they trail the Rangers by just 1 1/2 games in a division that seems completely up for grabs. For Tuesday night, it will be Doug Fister (2.93 ERA and 1.29 WHIP) for the Mariners vs. Nick Blackburn (3.40 ERA, 1.40 WHIP) of the Twins. As Monday night proved, however, the starting pitchers may not be what determines the outcome. Seattle at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m. ET.

Reeling Reds: After sweeping the Cardinals and Cubs at home by the middle of last week, the Reds were sitting pretty. They had won 11 of 13 overall and appeared to be opening up a decent lead in the NL Central. Then they lost two to the Pirates at home and were swept at Cleveland. After a 10-3 drubbing on Monday night at the hands of the Phillies, the Reds had lost six in a row and are now 3 1/2 games behind the Cardinals. Johnny Cueto (1.45 ERA in three starts) takes the hill and will attempt to stop the bleeding for Cincy. His counterpart will be Philly's rotation replacement Vance Worley, who has been stellar this season in somewhat limited action (1.13 ERA in 16 innings). Someone on the Reds you may not have noticed as they've been losing is Jay Bruce. The 24-year-old outfielder is white hot. He's gone 11-18 (.611) with four home runs, six RBI, five runs and a 1.983 OPS in his last five games. Cincinnati at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m. ET.

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Posted on: April 24, 2011 12:18 am
 

3 up, 3 down: The new 'Daily Double' in Wrigley

By Matt Snyder

3UP

Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney, Cubs. One of my first memories as a baseball fan is the 1984 season -- in which I watched games on WGN and the Cubs had a 1-2 punch atop the order of Bob Dernier and Ryne Sandberg. They, together, were nicknamed the "Daily Double." In the decade ahead, it's entirely possible the 21-year-old Castro and 25-year-old Barney can form one of the most formidable 1-2 punches in baseball. They were on full display Saturday in the Cubs' come-from-behind 10-8 victory. Castro went 4-5 (even though one hit was the product of Jerry Sands losing a fly ball in left) with two runs and three RBI while Barney was 3-5 with two runs and three RBI. On the season, the two are completely locked in. Castro is hitting .393 with a .947 OPS. Barney is hitting .323 with a .772 OPS. Each has driven home 10 runs, which ties them for second on the team behind Alfonso Soriano. And I have to report the hits aren't cheap -- both players hit the ball hard nearly every at-bat. While the pitching staff struggles, the offense is producing well beyond expectations -- and it's mostly due to the duo atop the order.

Brad Penny, Tigers. Look, the White Sox are struggling, specifically on offense. Regardless of that, it can't be denied they have lots of really talented hitters. And Penny took a no-hitter into the sixth. He ended up going seven innings for the Tigers, allowing only that one hit -- a questionable one at that -- two walks and a hit-by-pitch in a 9-0 win.

Daisuke Matsuzaka, Red Sox. He's kidding, right? Two straight stellar outings? What is this, the World Baseball Classic? I might have to quit snarkily referring to him as "Dice-BB." Matsuzaka was masterful Saturday night, working eight shutout innings, striking out nine and only giving up a single hit. He did walk three, but that's not awful for eight innings. He retired 20 of the last 22 batters he faced. Don't look now, but the Red Sox are 9-11 after a 2-10 start. If Dice-K keeps throwing like this, they're going to be in pretty great shape.

3DOWN

Ryan Franklin, Cardinals. The disaster of a season continues for the former star closer. He was booed more loudly than Brandon Phillips by the St. Louis fans and gave up the go-ahead two-RBI single to Miguel Cairo. He wasn't exactly put in a great situation by Tony La Russa with the bases loaded -- seriously, if you remove a guy from closing duties, shouldn't he get some low-pressure outings to build confidence? -- but still coughed up the big blow of the game. Again.

Fausto Carmona, Indians. He was carved up by a Twins offense that has been rather punchless in the early going. Sure, they did have Justin Morneau, but still no Joe Mauer or Delmon Young. And Carmona allowed seven hits and six earned runs in five innings. Worse yet was his four walks and one strikeout illustrate the lack of stuff he had. If the Indians are to prove this start is not fluky, Carmona has to pitch better than he did Saturday. Fortunately for the Tribe, it's only one game.

Jason Vargas and Josh Lueke, Mariners. The A's had been held scoreless for 18 straight innings heading into Saturday night's game with Seattle. Yet by the end of the sixth inning Saturday, they had scored nine times on Vargas and Lueke. Vargas needed 100 pitches to get through five innings, coughing up six hits, three walks and six earned runs. Lueke must have felt bad for Vargas, because he went out and gave up four hits, a walk and three runs in just one frame. Kevin Kouzmanoff, Cliff Pennington and Coco Crisp -- good guys and all, but hardly murderer's row -- did most of the damage for the A's.

BONUS UP and DOWN: Brandon Lyon, Astros. Lyon entered the game in the ninth inning with the task of holding onto a one-run Astros lead. He didn't. A Prince Fielder RBI double tied the game and Lyon had blown a save. He was left in the game, however, into extra innings and even took an at-bat -- one in which he doubled himself. He then closed the door in the 10th and earned the back-door victory. Not a bad night, but blowing saves isn't exactly good. Definitely interesting.

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Posted on: April 2, 2011 12:48 am
Edited on: April 22, 2011 11:28 pm
 

3 up, 3 down for 4/1: A NL Central save, finally

By Evan Brunell

QuentinAhh, day two of baseball. SI.com's Joe Posnanski has a nice story up about Day 2 in baseball, and that's what we're about to look at.

3 UP

Joel Hanrahan, Pirates -- John Axford and Ryan Franklin couldn't handle the heat Thursday. Brandon Lyon fell victim earlier in the day. That left it to the Pirates closer in Hanrahan to settle matters. After an inning in which he made things interesting by allowing a hit and walk to the Cubs, while also whiffing two batters, Hanrahan walked away with the NL Central's first save.

Carlos Quentin, White Sox -- Quentin lit up Cleveland on Friday, even more so than Adam Dunn despite the newcome's two-run homer and double. Quentin drove home five with an RBI single in the first, two-run blast in the third and a two-run double in the fourth. Q is capable of hitting 40 home runs and this could be the year he puts it all together after following up a huge 2008 with an injury-riddled 2009 and a solid bounceback in 2010.

Jose Bautista, Blue Jays -- There's been plenty of talk about Bautista, especially given the shiny new contract he received as a present for hitting 54 home runs in 2010. Many either consider his season a fluke or one that will regress a lot as even 30 home runs would represent a 24-home run dropoff. However, Bautista rang in the new year in style, knocking a home run as part of a 3-for-4 night with three runs scored.

3 DOWN

Fausto Carmona, Indians -- Here's a nice, shiny 30.00 ERA for you, Fausto Carmona! The Indians ace coughed up 10 runs in three innings, allowing 11 hits, one walk and pumping out three strikeouts. Carmona just didn't have any part of it today against the White Sox. He's still a solid pitcher who will be in demand at the trade deadline, so don't read too much into this.

Ivan DeJesus, Dodgers -- Going 0 for 3 is not a good way to get into the good graces over in Dodgerland. DeJesus drew the start at second base thanks to both Casey Blake and Juan Uribe being out of the lineup, and utility infielder Jamey Carroll opening the game on the bench. The freshly-minted backup infielder whiffed all three times at the plate while oddly starting in the No. 2 spot in the lineup. DeJesus would later be double-switched out for Carroll in the seventh in an act of mercy.

Daniel Bard, Red Sox -- Bad day for Daniel Bard, who started the eighth inning with Boston having just tied the game at 5-5. Bard, who is the heir apparent at closer and clearly the best reliever in the bullpen, instead gave up four runs on four hits in just 2/3s of an inning, drawing the loss. Absolutely nothing was going right, including David Murphy's ball that just barely kissed the chalk for a two-run double. Bard said himself the pitch was executed the way he wanted. So yeah, bad day.

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Posted on: March 29, 2011 4:43 pm
Edited on: March 29, 2011 10:02 pm
 

Possible 2011 trade candidates, obvious and not

By Matt Snyder

One of the big reasons preseason predictions are often blown to bits is the number of games played by certain players for certain teams. Major injuries, for example, but also because players end up being traded. Underachieving and overachieving teams end up becoming sellers and buyers, respectively, by the deadline.

There are going to be names already being thrown around in rumors and on fan message boards from the get-go. We'll give you five obvious names sure to appear in trade talks. Then, because it's so much more fun to throw stuff at the wall, we'll dig deeper and find 10 not-so-obvious names that could end up being traded or at least discussed. In those cases, certain things have to happen in order to clear the way for a deal, but those things can't be absolutely outlandish.

Remember, many players have no-trade clauses or are 10-and-5 guys, so every possible deal is contingent upon that. We're just making a list and enjoying it as a fun discussion point.

Let's get it on.

FIVE OBVIOUS TRADE NAMES

Michael Young, Rangers. No explanation needed, really.

Heath Bell, Padres. He wants to stay in San Diego and the Padres might want to try and keep him (without having to pay much long term, of course), but when the market for late-inning relievers gets strong in July and the Padres are well out of the race, he'll be one of the most mentioned names.

Felix Hernandez, Mariners. For now, the Mariners have sworn up and down he's never going anywhere. Even if the team is brutal again this season, it's reasonable to believe the Mariners will immediately hang up the phone any time someone like Brian Cashman says the name Felix. But if they start listening and someone is desperate enough to absolutely bowl them over, it very well might happen. He's in the obvious category because I'm sure people will not stop talking about the possibility. My initial feeling is he ends the season in Seattle, however.

Fausto Carmona, Indians. Remember CC Sabathia and Cliff Lee? Carmona is a big step down, but he's still a starting pitcher on the Indians who is not going to re-sign. He only has a club option left on his contract after 2011. When (not if) teams become desperate to add starting pitching in the race -- Yankees and Cardinals come to mind as candidates, but it could be anyone if unforeseen injuries or ineffectiveness pops up -- teams will come calling for Carmona. That is, of course, assuming he's been productive and the Indians are out of it. And you know the Indians will listen. My prediction is he's the most sure bet on here to be traded.

Grady Sizemore, Indians. Same as Carmona, except Sizemore has tons more upside and tons more downside -- due to injury woes. If he shows he's healthy and the Tribe don't inexplicably stay in the AL Central race, he's gone. Only a 2012 club option remains on his contract after this season.

10 NOT-SO-OBVIOUS NAMES


Jonathan Broxton, Dodgers. He's a free agent at the end of the year and we know about the Dodgers' money woes. As long as they aren't in the midst of the race, some team is going to want to bolster its bullpen. This one is pretty feasible, actually.

Chris Carpenter, Cardinals. As with every player's present team on this list, the Cardinals would have to fall out of contention pretty early. If they did, Carpenter has already said he's not averse to a deal. Plus, he's a free agent after the season and there's some big-name soon-to-be free agent the Cards desperately want to keep.

Francisco Cordero, Reds. Only a '12 club option remains on his contract. What if Cordero loses his closing job to Aroldis Chapman early a la Frank Francisco yielding to Neftali Feliz last year? What if the Reds fall out of contention? Easy to see a chain of events here.

Prince Fielder, Brewers. Least likely candidate on here. The Brewers would have to fall really, really far out of the race. If that did happen, yet he was having a big season, another team might pay enough for him that the Brewers couldn't refuse, especially considering he's a free agent after the season and almost certainly leaving.

Travis Hafner, Indians. He's not obvious like Sizemore and Carmona because Pronk has that pesky $13 million due to him in 2012. Of course, let's give an example of someone that might pay: Say the Yankees are five games behind the Red Sox, Jorge Posada is hurt, Jesus Montero either gets traded for pitching or isn't hitting well in the minors and none of the other spare parts (like Eric Chavez) are working. On the flip-side, Pronk is raking. Would the Yankees make that move? I think they might. His pull power from the left-side would fit well in Yankee Stadium.

Aaron Hill, Blue Jays. The Jays are building a good foundation and a Hill deal would give them some flexibility both financially and defensively. They could move top prospect Brett Lawrie back to second base -- the only position he ever played professionally prior to this spring -- and then use Jose Bautista at third or keep him in the outfield, whatever worked best moving forward with the makeup of the roster. If Hill gets off to a hot start and the Jays don't, I like this move.

Francisco Liriano, Twins. He's here because it's already been rumored and the Twins have the option -- at least for now -- to move Kevin Slowey back into the rotation. As long as the Twins are in the thick of the AL Central, though, which should be all season, I don't see it happening.

Brandon Phillips, Reds. Not as far-fetched as you might think. OK, well, the Reds have to fall far out of the race in the NL Central (which seems incredibly unlikely), but if they do, Phillips is a big candidate to be shipped. He has a club option after the season and will be 30 by the deadline. Plus, his power has declined rather significantly since his breakout 2007 campaign.

Aramis Ramirez, Cubs. It's hard to see a scenario where the Cubs would pick up Ramirez's 2012 option, so this could easily be his last season in Chicago. If he stays healthy, hits like he can and the Cubs are not in the race by mid-July, he'll definitely be available.

Jose Reyes, Mets. A free agent at the end of the year, if Reyes proves he's healthy and produces numbers while the Mets fall behind in the NL East, he's certain to be dealt.

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Posted on: February 28, 2011 9:08 pm
 

Carmona tabbed to start opening day

Posted by C. Trent Rosecrans

Fausto CarmonaThe Indians tabbed Fausto Carmona as their opening-day starter on Monday, before he went out to work two scoreless innings against the Reds at the team's shared home in Goodyear, Ariz.

Carmona will start opposite Mark Buehrle of the White Sox on April 1 at Progressive Park in Cleveland.

Not that it's much of a surprise -- it was Carmona or… Carlos Carrasco? But anyway, it was official until Monday when manager Manny Acta was asked if it was a "safe assumption" Carmona would start on opening day.

"That's a good assumption," Acta told reporters, including MLB.com. "Yeah, he's our opening day starter. He deserves that."

And while there are plenty we can assume -- we won't. Here's the official list so far:

Cubs -- Ryan Dempster
Dodgers -- Clayton Kershaw
Indians -- Fausto Carmona
Mets -- Mike Pelfrey
Rangers -- C.J. Wilson
Reds -- Edinson Volquez
Twins -- Carl Pavano
White Sox -- Mark Buehrle

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Posted on: January 27, 2011 10:59 pm
Edited on: January 28, 2011 1:21 am
 

Indians GM says Sizemore, Carmona won't be traded

Grady Sizemore Indians general manager Chris Antonetti has had a blanket policy of not commenting on rumors -- except this one.

"This one time, I will comment on it. We have not had a single discussion about potentially trading Grady Sizemore," Antonetti told MLB.com's Jordan Bastian. "Now, there are teams that call us all the time to ask about our players -- that's just the nature of the business.

"They'll ask about almost everyone on our roster at different points in the offseason, but I can tell you at no point have we contemplated trading Grady, and we have no intention of trading Fausto [Carmona], either."

Earlier this week, MASNsports.com reported the Indians and Nationals have had "conversations" about sending Sizemore and Carmona to Washington.

"If you want to create another buzz, just go home and log in and say that you heard we're going to trade Jason Kipnis for Derek Jeter," Indians manager Manny Acta said.

That's not likely to happen, either.

That's not to say Sizemore will be in an Indians uniform on opening day. Sizemore is trying to come back from microfracture surgery on his left knee. Antonetti said the team is still hopeful Sizemore will be ready to play in spring training games by mid-March and hopefully ready for opening day. He played in just 139 games in the last two seasons.

Antonetti said catcher Carlos Santana is ahead of Sizemore in his rehab and expects him to be ready for opening day.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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