Mets’ Carlos Carrasco felt himself rushing in first appearance with pitch clock

Carlos Carrasco

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Mets starter Carlos Carrasco On Thursday, the right-hander made his spring training debut against the Atlanta Braves at Clover Park. The right-hander pitched a flawless first inning but struggled in his second.

Carrasco led a walk for the first time Kevin Pillar The Braves outfielder was then allowed to hit a two-run homer. Eli White. After another single, he returned to the plate to retire the three remaining batters to complete his day.

In total, he threw 30 pitches in two innings. He allowed two runs on two hits and walked one while striking out one.

Following the outing Carrasco, who was working with the pitch clock in a game for the first time, said he felt a bit rushed. He realized he had more to do after talking to the pitchers in his dugout.

“The second inning I was rushing little bit, just getting the ball and just pitching right away. After the game, a few pitchers came to me and told me that I could hold the ball until one. If you’re ready at 15 and the hitter is looking at you, you can pitch. I didn’t know that, but now that I know, I can just take my time to throw the ball.”

Carrasco expressed his satisfaction with the first Grapefruit League action.

“I just tried to go out and feel really good. That’s what I’ve been doing all offseason, just trying to get ready for this kind of a game and get ready for the season. I was really happy, it was great.”

The Mets are coming off a strong second season. He had 29 starts, a record of 15 wins, 152 strikeouts and a 3.97 ERA. Carrasco believes he still has plenty of gas left to go as he enters his 14th season in the league.

“I will continue to pitch until my body tells me to stop, and I won’t quit. I want to continue pitching. I just want to continue to pitch. I am not finished yet.”

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