Mets' Carlos Carrasco says he feels 'free' on mound compared to 2021

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Carlos Carrasco throwing, close up, crop
Carlos Carrasco throwing, close up, crop

Mets starter Carlos Carrasco earned his second consecutive victory and improved to 3-1 this season on Tuesday night in the team's 4-2 win over the Washington Nationals.

After the win, manager Buck Showalter spoke about Carrasco's efficiency with pitches so far, as the veteran righty struck out five and allowed just two earned runs over 6.2 IP against the Nats.

"I think he’s able to finish some things," Showalter said. "He's able to get over his leg and really extend and get through his delivery. It’s hard to pitch when you’re not 100 percent. Carlos the way he is, he's going to try and compete and I just think he’s in a lot better place physically."

Carrasco credited the preparation he does with catchers James McCann or Tomas Nido before games as the main reason he can be efficient on the mound.

"I think the way we do everything before the game, either with James or Nido," Carrasco said. "What we’re going to do in the game that’s what we go for. We have a plan before the game, and that's what we've been If something changes we do it in the game … but as of right now, everything is working great."

The 35-year-old spoke about feeling "free" on the mound this season compared to last year, when he battled injuries and struggled.

"It’s completely different this year than last year," Carrasco said. "Last year from my injury in my elbow, and this year I feel free. Even I got surprised myself today, just throwing a couple of 95s right there. I just want to continue to work and go every five days and do my job, that's what I need to do.

Carrasco has relied on his slider this season, but on Tuesday he mentioned that the ball was somewhat slippery and adjusted to throw more fastballs.

"It was a feel," Carrasco said. "I couldn’t feel the ball, it was kind of a bit slippery, the baseballs today. But we had to make an adjustment and that’s what I did. More importantly we won the game, that’s what it’s all about."