Mets Carlos Carrasco could be the No. 1 caliber starter

Carlos Carrasco’s reputation as a quality man and teammate will only get him so far if he does not produce for the Mets.

But a former Carrasco pitching coach with New York experience expected a right-handed batsman with his new team.

“He’s going to do very well there,” former Mets manager Mickey Callaway told The Post on Monday. “This guy can pitch, and it’s a three-plus pitch. His change is disastrous – it’s one of the best changes I’ve seen. He and King Felix [Hernandez], The pitch size on it and the way it rotates is almost identical. “

Carrasco, 33, will be introduced on a zoom call on Tuesday, following a trade with Cleveland last week that sent Wright to right-hander with Francisco Lindor.

Callaway, now Engels pitching coach, Calasco was hired as a disciple with Cleveland from 2013–17. For most of that stretch, Carrasco was one of the top pitchers in the American League, going 51-33 with a 3.24 ERA in his final four seasons. Callaway recalled Carrasco, a mechanical adjustment, who helped replace him.

“We talked about their lead arm to do some deception because when we saw that they had this 96-mph fastball that was getting hit very hard and we were like, ‘Why is it so hard Getting hit? ” “Callaway said. “It was just a lack of deception. He had a real low lead arm and he was showing the ball really quickly to the hitter and we worked on it. “

Just because Carrasco won’t forget the lesson, he had the message – “Led arm up the gate” – stitched in his glove in Spanish, according to Callaway.

Carrasco overtook former Stetson University standout Corey Kluber during his tenure with the Indians. With the Mets, he would slot in Jacob DeGrom somewhere behind another noted Stetson son.

“[Carrasco] Cleveland was only No. 2 because Corey Kluber was there, but he is No. 1 for most teams, ”Callaway said. “And just an incredible teammate, worker and family man.”

For Lindor, the star shortstop who was the focal point of the deal would be comfortable joining a new team with an old friend.

“To go from a place I know everything to a place I know very little about, to someone I care about, it makes life a lot easier, knowing that I have There is someone we share in similar feelings and going through experiences together for the first time, ”Lindor said. “It matters a lot and I can’t wait to be with him and win.”


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