Good Start for Carrasco and Happ

Charlie Manuel dropped the green flag today on the race to be the Phillies fifth-starter, and Carlos Carrasco and JA Happ each responded very well. Each pitcher threw two shutout innings this afternoon in Clearwater, though the Phillies dropped a 6-2 decision to Toronto.

Carrasco, considered a longshot due to his lack of experience (he’s only made six starts above Double-A), retired all six batters he faced, three via strikeout. Happ allowed just one hit and retired the other six that he faced.

“It’s amazing to see these two kids go back to back,” catcher Carlos Ruiz said. “They were very impressive.”

 - Jason Donald went 0-3 but reportedly made a few sharp plays at third.



3 Responses to “Good Start for Carrasco and Happ”

  1. Jay Ballz Says:

    It’s pretty wild having a nice collection of prospects. It’s going to be a very fun year watching to core win, and the future develop.

  2. Greg Says:

    Jay, who do you think will win this thing? To me, Carrasco will have to be much better than everyone else. I think Happ is the frontrunner. His numbers in AAA last year were way better than they were the year before and he did a real nice job at the end of the season.

  3. sedat Says:

    It’s pretty wild having a nice collection of prospects. It’s going to be a very fun

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