But the veteran wouldn’t let one pitch ruin his night, and the 34 year-old settled in nicely for a solid debut.
Featuring a fastball in the 93-94 mph range, Carrasco went 4.0 innings in his debut, allowing just the one earned run on three hits, striking out four and walking one. He threw 58 pitches on the night, making his first start of the season following a torn hamstring that kept him sidelined until now.
After the game, the excitement on Carrasco's face was evident as he spoke about his first start of the season.
"I was so excited to get there," he said with a smile.
"I felt really good, except that first pitch of the game," he added. "Pretty much after that pitch I settled down a little bit. I was so happy, a little bit nervous too. It was a long time to get back. But after that pitch, everything settled down. I feel good and I can’t wait to get started next week."
Carrasco was also asked how long he thinks it will take him to get fully ramped up, but he said he'll continue to take things one game at a time.
"Right now, we go one start at a time. Today was four innings, 50-something pitches, so I don’t know what the next start is going to be," he explained. "I’m just going to work these next four days getting ready for my next four starts, but I don’t know what it’s going to be."
With Jacob deGrom being shut down for two weeks due to inflammation in his right forearm, the Mets need all the pitching depth that they can get, and Carrasco certainly put his best foot forward in his 2021 debut.
"He threw the ball great. This guy's is an excellent pitcher," Luis Rojas said after the game. "He gets jumped on the first pitch of the game for a homer, and it didn’t bother him a bit. He fell behind in some counts and was able to come back with his repertoire, slider, changeup, sinker, four-seamer, all those things were working. You could see it’s tough for hitters to pick him up. This is a guy that, first outing here at Citi Field in front of a great, great crowd, and pretty even-keeled there, even though he was really, really excited.
"Now with the Jake news, he’s going to be huge for us down the road, so I’m glad that he had a really good first outing."