OK, there's just no way to ignore what Carmona's doing. Since the All-Star Break, Carmona's put up a 2.19 ERA in 13 starts, with a 65/24 K/BB rate. He's also got 17 Ws on the year, and tonight's gem against the Royals dropped his ERA to 3.07, which leads the AL. His 64.9% GB rate also leads the AL, and the strikeouts may have also started to come, as he rung up 9 today (with no walks) against KC.
So, the question is, how good can Carmona be? He doesn't strike out quite as many as you might like (K/9 of 6.14 since the ASB), but he's otherwise got unreal stuff. But don't just take my word for it. Here's what Torii Hunter had to say about Carmona's slider, after a complete game shutout by Carmona earlier this year:
"It's not normal. He's not even human. It was so scary, I thought I was hung over. That dude is filthy. We've been struggling, but even if we had been playing good, we wouldn't have beaten him. If you've never played the game, listen to me, I'm a hitter. Right-handers have no chance unless they get lucky and get a hit on a broken bat."