Duda and Carrasco Make Case in Bisons’ Loss

Indianapolis Indians (PIT) 1, @ Buffalo Bisons 0

Lucas Duda’s assault on International League pitching continued with a 2-for-4 night with a pair of doubles.  Numbers time again: in his last 13 games he’s hitting .419/.509/.930 with four doubles, six homers, seven walks and 10 strikeouts in 43 AB.  In related news, Jason Bay is 0-for-20 in June and hitting .207/.307/.279 in 140 AB this year.  It should be Duda time.

DJ Carrasco was terrific: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K.  After fighting his way through May, Carrasco looks like he’s figured it out in a big way in his last two starts: 15.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 15 K.

Couple points here:

1. Obviously, the Mets bullpen, which has an ERA of roughly 1200 in the last week, needs all the help it can get.
2. Carrasco wasn’t great (4.67 ERA, 20 K/12 BB in 27 IP) in May in Buffalo, so he might benefit from a few more starts to consolidate his gains.
3. It could well be valuable to the Mets to have Carrasco stretched out to start if they need help in the rotation because the other candidates, well, there aren’t many other good candidates.

Points 2 and 3 argue for having Carrasco make at least a few more starts in AAA while #1 says the reverse.

Fernando Martinez (.277/.333/.446 – 31 G) and Kirk Nieuwenhuis (.296/.402/.505) were both hitless.

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