Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Who's Next?

It might happen this week, Phillies fans. We may actually get to see Carlos Carrasco pitch in the big leagues. Shocking, I know, but definitely a possibility. With Antonio Bastardo being placed on the 15-day DL with a shoulder strain, the Phils are likely to call up either Carrasco or Andrew Carpenter to take his place through the All-Star break. Carpenter does have limited big league experience, he pitched on May 16th of this season for the Phillies against the Nationals, going 4.1 innings and giving up 5 runs on 8 hits. Carrasco has been one of the Phils most highly publicized minor leaguers over the past few years, but as he has struggled this year questions have begun to surface as to what role he would fill with the club. Here are his stats on the year:

2009 Season

4-7, 4.92 ERA, 15 GS, 86.0 IP, 95 H, 54 R, 47 ER, 25 BB, 84 SO, .271 AVG

Not terrible – not good either. Here are Carpenter’s:

2009 Season

7 -1, 2.75 ERA, 14 GS, 88.1 IP, 82H, 32 R, 27 ER, 26 BB, 61 K, .251 AVG

Better - most notably in the ERA department. He’s my choice.

I have been itching to see Carrasco get a shot with the Fightins for a long time now and would enjoy seeing him get the chance to prove himself, but Carpenter appears to give the Phils the best shot at winning, an elusive feat for the club lately. I don’t expect either to set the world on fire for the next two weeks, but I do expect them to give the team a chance to win. I’ve been down on the Phils lately, and maybe one of these two will be the shot in the arm the team needs to get going again. Stranger things have happened, right? Ex: Kyle Kendrick winning 11 games in 2008. Discuss.

Who would you like to see start in place of Bastardo?

Go Phils!


  1. If it is a temporary fix then I would like to see Carpenter. He has been on fire since his cup of coffee with the Phils earlier in the season. He is not as thought of as much of a prospect as some of the other names but it seems as if he has AAA figured out, so lets see what he's got.

    Carrasco has been much better recently but I would like to see him dominate at some level before he comes up.

    The Phillies have other options in the minor league level but they seem to be 1 yr + away. Drabek, Savery and Worley are all pitchiug great at AA and they just promoted a guy from single A to AA who will pitch in the Futures game (along with Drabek)- article in the Daily News about him. To me, Bastardo has more of a future as a reliever.

    I would like to see Carpenter impress during the next couple of weeks and maybe sell him off in a deal to get a pitcher.

  2. I would like to see Carpenter pitch this week while the Phils work out some sort of deal that would send Carrasco to another team for a #2 starting pitcher

  3. Carrasco alone is a bit of a reach. Carrasco has a 5 era in AAA. Would you give a # 2 for that?

    I'm changing my mind again. Cliff Lee will be too expensive. I think they should target Oswalt. Carrasco, Mayberry and Marson could get it done - you think Wade?

    Carrasco could help replenish the 'stros rotation. Mayberry could give them insurance if they trade Lee and Marson is still a top catching prospect - Pudge isn't playing forever. C'mom Ed, it has almost been a year and a half since you last did the Phils a favor.

  4. Rodrigo Lopez is the guy.

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