Carlos Carrasco was one of the most consistent pitchers in all of baseball between 2014 and 2018 but has battled injuries and inconsistency since then. Many Mets fans were ecstatic when they found out that not only did they trade for Lindor, but they also got Carrasco in the same trade. However, while Carrasco was expected to be a solid stabilizing presence in the rotation, he battled injuries early in the year, and struggled once he returned, particularly in the first inning of games with home runs.
But, Carrasco has returned to form early this year, and been more everything the Mets hoped he would be and more. Through three starts, Carrasco has pitched to a 1-0 record, with a 1.47 ERA, and 20 strikeouts, in 18.1 innings, according to mlb.com. Even more impressive, Carrasco was the first Mets pitcher to pitch into the eighth inning, going 7.2 innings in his third start of the year.
Carrasco has been extremely effective with mixing up his pitches and using all five of his pitches, including his curveball, which is much sharper then last year, after he had elbow surgery in the offseason. He has been part of a rotation that includes: Max Scherzer, Chris Bassitt, Tylor Megill, and David Peterson, and this group has excelled despite the absence of Jacob deGrom and Taijuan Walker
Carrasco has clearly redeemed himself after a down year last year. While it's unreasonable to him to pitch as excellent as he has early in the season thus far, it's definitely reasonable to expect him to be a key piece of this Mets rotation this year.