Every pitching staff seems to have a hard-luck pitcher, and so far this year on the Indians' staff that pitcher seems to be Fausto Carmona. Tuesday night Carmona pitched eight solid innings but was the losing pitcher in a 4-2 loss to Boston.
With the loss Carmona's record falls to 3-5. That doesn't exactly look like the record of a No. 1 starter, which Carmona is supposed to be. However, his 3-5 record is somewhat deceiving.
Tuesday night, for example, he combined with reliever Rafael Perez on a five-hitter, but still took the loss because the Indians' offense didn't do much. That's been a recurring theme for Carmona in his starts.
In Carmona's last four losses the Indians have scored a total of just seven runs. In Carmona's loss Tuesday the Indians made some bad base running mistakes, and they were held to six hits. That's the fifth time in their last six games the Indians have gotten six hits or less.
Although he has a losing record, Carmona is performing like a number one starter in other areas. He is consistently pitching deep into games. He has pitched seven innings or more in eight of his 11 starts, and his 72 innings pitched is the most on the Indians' staff.
Carmona's season began with a disastrous 15-11 loss to the White Sox on opening day. He has settled down since then and has pitched well in a high percentage of his starts. He just hasn't gotten many wins to show for his work.
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