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So far, so good for Brandon McCarthy and the Yankees

Jul 19, 2014, 6:05 PM EST

Brandon McCarthy AP

Right-hander Brandon McCarthy made his second start as a Yankee this afternoon, going up against the Reds in an inter-league match-up. McCarthy limited the Reds to one run over six innings, allowing six hits, walking none, and striking out nine. That makes it back-to-back solid starts for McCarthy in his new uniform after coming over from the Diamondbacks in a trade that sent Vidal Nuno to Arizona.

McCarthy allowed four runs over 6 2/3 innings to the Indians in his previous start, but only one of those runs was earned. He credits his recent success to his cut fastball. Via MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch, McCarthy says the Diamondbacks discouraged him from using the cutter, but the Yankees encouraged him to bring it back. He left the D-Backs with a 5.01 ERA ERA in 109 2/3 innings despite a stellar 93/20 K/BB ratio.

McCarthy, 31, will try to make it three solid starts in a row against the Rangers in his next start.

  1. bigharold - Jul 19, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    It’s the “Pinstripe” affect.

    • Reflex - Jul 19, 2014 at 7:37 PM

      Yes, that explains Hideki, Pavano and Hughes well…

      • scyankee64 - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:01 PM

        Why Hideki?

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:20 PM

        I assume he means Irabu, not Matsui.

      • Reflex - Jul 20, 2014 at 7:57 PM

        Yup, meant Irabu. Just find it odd when people go on about a ‘pinstripe effect’ when it seems that like every team some players thrive and some tank. I’ve seen no evidence that its any more or less pronounced with the Yanks than anyone else.

      • 4cornersfan - Jul 20, 2014 at 9:28 PM

        The pinstripe effect only works if you are worthy.

    • clydeserra - Jul 19, 2014 at 7:41 PM

      as is he could look any slimmer

    • thomas844 - Jul 19, 2014 at 8:36 PM

      Or just the “Not Being A Diamondback” effect

  2. gbrim - Jul 19, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    Watched him as a DBack, watched him as a Yankee. Pitch selection has not changed in any meaningful way. His ERA was way out of whack with the DBacks based on other metrics, so its not a shock his performance has gotten better early with the Yankees.

    • clydeserra - Jul 19, 2014 at 7:43 PM

      so by watching him, you know when he was throwing the cutter and when he was throwing the 2 seem? (or 4 seem, whatever he throws)?

      you must be a great scout.

    • paperlions - Jul 20, 2014 at 11:25 AM

      You are right. I went and checked his pitch usage this year. He hasn’t been using his cutter with the Yankees any more than he was with Arizona. Until the middle of last year, he had been using it much more, usually around 40% of his pitches….but he hasn’t increased its use since moving to NY.

      http://www.brooksbaseball.net/outcome.php?player=435221&b_hand=-1&time=month&minmax=ci&var=pcount&s_type=2&gFilt=&pFilt=FA|SI|FC|CU|SL|CS|KN|CH|FS|SB&startDate=01/01/2014&endDate=01/01/2015

  3. proudlycanadian - Jul 19, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    Look at how thin he looks. Amanda should feed him more.

  4. aceinthehole12 - Jul 19, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    I was happy when Brandon was on the A’s, even though I “hate” the Yankees I really do hope he has a solid 2nd half.

    • 4cornersfan - Jul 20, 2014 at 9:30 PM

      And we hate you back.

      • aceinthehole12 - Jul 26, 2014 at 1:38 PM

        Thanks pal !

  5. mikhelb - Jul 19, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    It looks good because the Yankees fielded fine today, but on a normal day Brian “noodle arm” Roberts will commit a mistake or two, will decide not to go for the double play, and Kelly Johnson will boot one play. And since McCarthy relies heavily on ground outs, thats a recipe for disaster with the Yankees, look at Phelps giving good efforts but unable to win most of the time with those errors and a feeble offense.

    • bigmeechy74 - Jul 19, 2014 at 11:52 PM

      newsflash: defense is overrated

  6. bigmeechy74 - Jul 19, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    I’m shocked!!! Not. It’s the most OBVIOUS THING EVER. I knew he would dominate for no reason. The yankees are so cheesy!!! Their whole team is made up of a bunch of guys that are past their prime. But yet they are still good. Why? If the exact same guys were in a cubs uniform they would be 20 games under .500. I hate the yankees!!!

    • kiwicricket - Jul 19, 2014 at 8:29 PM

      I just wasted a small portion of my life reading your post. Dam you.

      • bigmeechy74 - Jul 19, 2014 at 11:49 PM

        lol. that was a good one actually

    • 4cornersfan - Jul 20, 2014 at 9:32 PM

      See my response to aceinthehole12.

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