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Carlos Carrasco struggles again in blowout loss to White Sox

At least his xFip is in the 3’s!

MLB: Cleveland Indians at Chicago White Sox David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

The baseball season is long. Hot takes are mostly just that. Still, tonight was a bad loss. Just one loss, but a bad one, nonetheless.

You see, Carlos Carrasco versus Manny Banuelos is a big plus for the Tribe and looked like a likely win. Especially when you consider that the good guys have already rocked Banuelos twice this season.

Unfortunately the White Sox and Indians played the game, not just on paper or in a Vegas sports book, and Chicago dominated to the tune of 10-4. The loss drops to the Indians to 28-28, just one game ahead of those pesky rebuilding White Sox.

Carrasco was far from great, as unfortunately he’s been most of this year. The right-hander gave up six earned runs on ten hits over 6 1⁄3 innings of work. Carrasco did strike out seven, walking just one batter, but was in and out of trouble and was hit hard most of the night. His 4.98 ERA and 4.06 FIP are well above what was expected this season and it’s tough to say a quick turnaround is right around the corner.

The Indians offense had opportunities to put big numbers up again against Banuelos and the White Sox, but couldn’t capitalize and finished with just six hits. Included in those six was another Jordan Luplow homer off Banuelos. Amazingly, Luplow has four homers this season off the left-handed Banuelos. We lost, but that’s a pretty cool stat #StayingPositive.

Other Fun Notes

  • Dan Otero was extra horrible in relief, allowing a homer to the first batter he faced and four earned runs total in just 1 23 innings. Yuck.
  • Jason Kipnis had two hits because of course he’s back home in Chicago.
  • The Raptors beat the Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals and us Cavs fans are happy about that. Keep it up Toronto.