CLEVELAND -- Carlos Carrasco and Lou Marson might not finish each other's sentences, but they're clearly on the same page when serving as the Indians' battery.
"It's like he reads my mind," Carrasco said. "If I want fastball, he calls fastball. If I want slider, he knows everything."
Marson has caught 10 of Carrasco's 25 career starts. In those outings, the right-handed pitcher has a 3.09 ERA, nearly a run and a half better than Carrasco's ERA with any other catcher.
"We've been working [together] for eight years, and he knows what I want to throw," Carrasco said.
Carrasco (7-3, 3.87) has allowed just one earned run in his past three starts, spanning 21 1/3 innings, good for a 0.41 ERA. In his past seven starts, the native of Venezuela is 6-1. His six wins in that span are the most in the Major Leagues.
In five starts with Marson behind the plate this year, Carrasco has compiled a 2.05 ERA. In his eight starts throwing to Carlos Santana, Carrasco has a 5.03 ERA. Nevertheless, Tribe skipper Manny Acta has repeatedly said he doesn't like the idea of a personal catcher for particular pitchers.
Carrasco and Marson came up through the Philadelphia Phillies' organization. Marson said the two have played together since they were 17. At the 2009 Trade Deadline, the Indians acquired both, along with pitcher Jason Knapp and infielder Jason Donald, for pitcher Cliff Lee and outfielder Ben Francisco.
"I think it's just a great opportunity for us to come here and play in the big leagues," Marson said. "I don't know if we would be doing the same thing in Philadelphia if we were still there."