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How Much Longer?

I am not one to rip on a guy when it is obvious that he is trying. I try to be above board and fair to everyone, and to give the benefit of the doubt whenever possible.

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But truly, how much longer do the Indians parade Fausto Carmona out there every fifth turn in the rotation? Do we see Carmona on Sunday night in San Francisco on national TV? If so, better pass out batting helmets in McCovey Cove. Do we see him in Cincinnati the last weekend of interleague play?

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When your team is in first place, has been struggling offensively but puts some runs up, and a starter with a tendency to meltdown when there is trouble…starts melting down…get him out of there. And yes, there is a school of thought that you don't burn up your bullpen early in a game -- yet when the meltdown continued last night, there was the bullpen...once the Indians were down three runs. Would bringing Chad Durbin in two batters earlier have been "too early" for Durbin?

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Before you send Carmona out there again to (probably) meltdown yet again — this time on a national stage — consider if having faith that he can bounce back is worse for the guy than sending him to the bullpen for a while, and working with him tirelessly to try to teach him to calm down and take a nice, relaxing deep breath when he starts getting into trouble.

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Just as you would expect us fans to do when we see him getting into trouble.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.