Is Cleveland Losing Patience with Fausto Carmona?

Sources within the Cleveland organization were disappointed by Fausto Carmona's last start, as well as, presumably, everything he's done since winning 19 games with a 3.07 ERA in 2007, according to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.

"There was a feeling that Carmona should have been able to get through the seventh or eighth inning," Hoynes wrote. "The fact that he didn't shows he is a long way from being a legitimate No.2 starter. And he's even farther from being a potential replacement for No. 1 starter Cliff Lee if he should be traded sometime during or after this season."

Boy, is that ever true. Since the start of the 2008 season, Carmona has a 5.52 ERA, with 168 innings pitched, 96 walks and 85 strikeouts. That's not number two starter material. That's not even number five starter material.

Carmona is only 25, but something is seriously wrong there.



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