Carlos Carrasco has delivered ace-level production since late 2014, but it wasn't until his DL-free 2017 season that fantasy owners were able to reap the full benefits of his talents. The right-hander shook off durability concerns to reach 200 innings for the first time while churning out a 22.6 K-BB percentage that ranked sixth among qualified starters. Carrasco curbed the home-run issues that occasionally dogged him in 2016, with his 12.4 percent HR/FB representing his best showing in the category since 2011. Carrasco's improvement in that regard is rendered more impressive considering the league-wide power context and offers optimism about his ability to sustain ERAs in the low 3.00s going forward. Now on the wrong side of 30 years old, Carrasco's past injury issues shouldn't be completely forgotten, but there isn't much reason to doubt him continuing to pitch at a high level.
Carrasco is scheduled to pitch Game 3 of the ALDS against either the Twins or Yankees. Carrasco will get the nod for Game 3 after compiling 18 wins to go along with an impressive 3.28 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 226 strikeouts in 200 innings (32 starts) this season. He tossed 8.1 scoreless innings in his last start of the regular season, striking out 14 batters. Trevor Bauer will start Game 1, with Corey Kluber getting the ball for Game 2.
Carrasco (18-6) pitched 8.1 scoreless innings with 14 strikeouts to take the win against Minnesota on Thursday. This was another dominant showing from Carrasco, and strong outings have become commonplace down the stretch for the 30-year-old righty. Additionally, it was especially encouraging because the Twins are a potential playoff opponent. Thursday finishes off the 2017 regular season for Carrasco, and he posted a career-best fantasy campaign with 18 wins, a 3.29 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 10.2 K/9.
Carrasco (17-6) allowed one run on six hits and two walks while striking out six over 5.2 innings to earn the victory Saturday against the Mariners. Carrasco held the Mariners scoreless through five innings before giving up his lone run in the sixth frame, but the Indians had already provided him enough offensive support to help him earn his 17th victory the campaign. He's held opponents to one or fewer earned runs in five of his last six starts to lower his ERA from 3.95 to 3.43, and he's been at his absolute best during the fantasy playoffs. He'll make his next start Friday against the White Sox.
Carrasco (16-6) picked up the win against the Royals after pitching 6.2 innings and allowing four runs on eight and two walks while striking out five Saturday. While tying for the AL lead in wins, Carrasco also surpassed Bartolo Colon for 13th on the Indians' all-time strikeout list with 871. Despite notching his lowest strikeout total since Aug. 1, the right-hander picked up his fourth straight win to extend his career-high total. His 186 innings, 206 strikeouts and 1.10 WHIP also rank in the AL's top five with just two weeks remaining this season. Carrasco will look to keep things rolling when he takes the hill Friday in Seattle.
Carrasco (15-6) struck out nine in six scoreless innings while earning the win Monday against the Tigers, allowing seven hits and one walk along the way. Carrasco was terrific in this one, throwing first-pitch strikes to 20 of 26 hitters and inducing 21 swinging strikes. He worked up to 92 pitches and likely could have continued, but a sizable lead allowed the club to remove him after the sixth. Carrasco has been outstanding over his last four starts, allowing just two earned runs with a stellar 34:1 K:BB over 29 innings. He will look to continue his recent dominance Saturday against the Royals.