Fausto Carmona has been under the microscope all year, especially after his terrible performance on opening day. That game was against the White Sox, which was the team that he faced last night.
Carmona was matched up against Mark Buehrle, which was also the same pitcher he was matched up against on opening day. This time around, Carmona out-pitched Buehrle.
In 8 1/3 innings of work Carmona allowed one run, on an Alexei Ramirez home run, on four hits. Manny Acta sent him out to try and finish the game, but after walking Carlos Quentin with one out, Acta called on Chris Perez to come in for the save. Perez was successful in recording his 26th save of the season.
The Indians offense gave Carmona some much needed support, as they brought home four runs on twelve hits. Everyone in the lineup reached base at least once, with Lou Marson being the only player not to record a hit.
Carmona’s season turned around in San Francisco on June 26th, in a game that was on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball. He was given the loss, but he went six innings and only allowed three runs. This game came after he allowed seven runs in a game against the Rockies in the previous game.
Some fans were calling for his removal from the rotation after the game against the Rockies, but the front office and the coaching staff insisted on how Carmona always had good stuff; the good stuff he showed during the 2007 season.
Counting the game in San Francisco, Carmona has gone at least six innings and has allowed less than four runs in his last seven starts. (I am not counting the game in Cincinnati in which he only went two innings because he was injured running down the first base line).
Carmona pitching well is very important for the success of the team. His success helps bolster the already strong rotation of the Indians. A rotation of Ubaldo Jimenez, Justin Masterson, Josh Tomlin, Fausto Carmona, and David Huff or Carlos Carrasco gives the team a great chance to win the division.