Cleveland Indians: Why Fans Can't Expect a Win with Fausto Carmona on the Mound

Kaela BishopContributor IApril 26, 2011

Cleveland Indians: Why Fans Can't Expect a Win with Fausto Carmona on the Mound

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    CLEVELAND - APRIL 17:  Fausto Carmona #55 of the Cleveland Indians pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the game on April 17, 2011 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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    Through Fausto Carmona’s career, he has pitched a few great games, but he’s pitched a lot more ugly ones. The fact is that his team can’t rely on his inconsistency. Carmona needs to realize he has a strong defense backing him up. If he can’t get the strikeout, he needs to let the batter make contact and know that his defense can make the play. He is only one of nine players on the diamond, yet he plays like he’s the only out there.

    Since 2006 with the Cleveland Indians, Carmona has never had an ERA under 3.06. Over the last six seasons, including the present, his career ERA is 4.48. In 775.2 innings, Carmona has struck out 477 batters. His strikeout numbers are high, on the contrary, his walks allowed are dangerously high as well. Also, in his career, he has more losses than wins, 47-54.

Carmona's Winning Seasons

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    NEW YORK - MAY 06: Fausto Carmona #55 of the Cleveland Indians pitches against the New York Yankees on May 6, 2008 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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    2007 was Carmona’s best season by a long run. During said season, Carmona won 19 out of 27 games with his lowest ERA to date, 3.06. In 215 innings, he struck out 137 batters while only allowing 72 walks. 137 strikeouts are Carmona’s highest strikeouts on a season and his lowest walks on one given season. In that season, Carmona allowed 73 earned runs, also the lowest of his career, yet he allowed 16 homers which is only one less than his highest allowed.

    2008 was the last season Carmona had a winning season, 8-7, but his ERA was 5.44. This was the only season he actually walked more batters, 79, than he struck out, 58. He also allowed more hits, 126, than innings pitched, 120. With these numbers, it’s clear the only reason that season was above .500 was his defense backing him up.

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    MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 23: Grady Sizemore #24 and Jack Hannahan #9 of the Cleveland Indians celebrate a two-run home run by Sizemore against the Minnesota Twins during the eighth inning of their game on April 23, 2011 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minn
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    Just last season in the 2010, Carmona’s ERA was 3.77 better than the past years but still not good. He pitched in 210 innings, and lost 14 out of 27 games. He did strike out 124 batters, but he allowed 81 walks and 17 home runs, both the highest in his career. Though his inconsistency has been mentioned, he is, however, consistent with walking about one batter every other inning.  

    Already during the 2011 season, Carmona has pitched 29.2 innings, the most in the Indians’ bull pen. Yes, he has struck 21 batters thus far, more than any other pitcher on the roster, but he also leads his team in walks allowed, 11, and has given up four home runs. Currently, Carmona is 1-3 with a 5.76 ERA.

    Although he has the worst win average and one of the highest ERA of the entire roster, for some reason, Carmona has pitched in the most innings and games during the season. If this Cleveland team wants to continue their success, Carmona needs to stay under 20 games and 130 innings on the season. He allows too many walks and runs to be a solid starter, or to be counted on by the players.