The Philadelphia Phillies made a brave choice back in 2009 when they traded for stud left-hander Cliff Lee. They sent Carlos Carrasco, Jason Donald, Jason Knapp and Lou Marson to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for the Cy Young-award winner.
Lee got the Phillies within two wins of a repeat World Series championship back then, mowing down the Yankees like they were a bunch of Little Leaguers (except Derek Jeter, who seemed to be okay). But, based on what Carrasco did tonight, it’s clear that the Phillies made a ginormous mistake.
Sure, Carrasco only pitched in five games in 2009 was an absolute Turd Ferguson. He pitched in seven in 2010 and was a bit better. And through 10 games this season, he has been tearing up the entire American League with a 5.18 ERA.
Tonight was Carrasco’s swan song, however. He hurled 8 1/3 shutout innings against the AL Central-leading Minnesota Twins who have a lineup to die for. Just when hitters thought that Carrasco would zig, he zagged. And then threw fastballs and other pitches. Sometimes, he threw both at the same time.
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And while it’s not clear what kind of pitches he threw, what is clear is that the Phillies made a huge mistake in trading him away for a marginal pitcher like Cliff Lee.