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Brandon McCarthy has turned his season around with the Yankees

Aug 5, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

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Brandon McCarthy for the Diamondbacks: 3-10 with a 5.01 ERA in 18 starts.

Brandon McCarthy for the Yankees: 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA in five starts.

When the Yankees got McCarthy from the Diamondbacks on July 6 in exchange for left-hander Vidal Nuno plenty of people thought he was a prime bounceback candidate because his secondary numbers and track record were much better than his bloated ERA. But no one expected him to turn things around this much.

McCarthy has allowed zero or one earned run in four of his five starts for the Yankees and he’s also thrown 101, 99, 109, 108, and 116 pitches for New York after topping 100 pitches just four times in 18 starts for Arizona.

McCarthy is someone a lot of baseball fans (myself included) root for because he’s very amusing to follow on Twitter, leading to this exchange with noted Red Sox fan and “Parks and Recreation”and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” creator Michael Schur:


  1. hoopmatch - Aug 5, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    This has got to be embarrassing for D-backs management. It makes one wonder if ALL Arizona pitchers would perform better elsewhere.

    • mikdavfle - Aug 5, 2014 at 11:48 AM

      I’m not even remotely surprised. The D-backs ruin just about everyone. I’d almost expect Goldschmidt to be a hybrid of Babe Ruth and Ted Williams if he played anywhere else. OK, I’m exaggerating but you get the point.

      Let’s add on that Detroit had their own ex-D-back starting for them last night in Scherzer and he got better after he was traded away, too (but that was by a different GM).

    • nsauser - Aug 5, 2014 at 12:45 PM

      Yea it would be embarrassing if Dbacks management paid attention to these type of things. Instead they just keep writing checks for more grit and they end up with mushy grits. If ownership is serious about contending, then they need to overhaul the organization. Keep the business guys (Hall) out of the baseball decision making and stop managing the players by fear. Clearly it’s not working.

  2. dluxxx - Aug 5, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    I’m so torn. I like McCarthy and am glad he’s doing well.

    I hate the Yankees and hate that they still have a pulse.

    Such is life.

  3. bigmeechy74 - Aug 5, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    “But no one expected him to turn things around this much…” I did. I have a friend who loves the yankees and he actually has the nerve to complain. Yeah it must suck being in the playoffs 99% of the time. Anyway as soon as they got McCarthy I said he would be better than any pitcher in the league besides Kershaw. Well it turns out I was wrong. He is MUCH better than Pedro Martinez in his prime. THE YANKEES ARE SO ANNOYING!!!!!! They just give out terrible contracts and never develop anyone in the minors but are still good because people like raul ibanez and mccarthy kick ass for no reason!

    • bblair917 - Aug 5, 2014 at 11:42 AM

      @bigmeechy74 QUIT IT

      • bigmeechy74 - Aug 5, 2014 at 5:40 PM

        Oh yeah? You quit it. Boom! gotcha back

    • tearlw - Aug 5, 2014 at 12:05 PM

      “and never develop anyone in the minors”

      I’ll just leave this here.

      Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, Bernie Williams, Robinson Cano, Brett Gardner, Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain, Dellin Betances, David Robertson, David Phelps, Shane Greene, Iv├ín Nova, Francisco Cervelli…

      • bigmeechy74 - Aug 5, 2014 at 5:37 PM

        LOL! You are going back over 20 years and then you are listing such stalwarts like “dellin betances, Joba chamberlain, david phelps, and shane greene.” Hahahahahaha

      • tearlw - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:03 PM

        Never is a long time. Even longer than 20 years ago. (BTW: Only 4 of the guys I named are retired and 2 of them were playing last year.)

        But, since you seem to think only the recent past counts, how about this season.

        Dellin Betances: IP 66.1 ERA 1.49 SO 98 ERA+ 263 WHIP 0.739
        Joba Chamberlain: 44.2 3.02 44 137 1.209
        David Phelps: 108.1 4.24 89 92 1.394
        Shane Greene: 29.1 3.68 24 107 1.261

        Obviously, Joba is in Detroit now, but my point still holds. The Yankees are famous for trading away talent back when George was thrashing about wildly, but things are different now, and have been for a while. They pick up big free agents AND use homegrown talent. That’s why they’re still good, not because they excel at reclamation projects.

        PS: Hahahahahahaha

      • asimonetti88 - Aug 6, 2014 at 10:24 AM

        Wasn’t Betances an All-Star this year?

      • bigmeechy74 - Aug 6, 2014 at 10:50 AM

        they always have one of the lowest ranked farm systems. they have no one of note coming up any time soon. you can spin it any way you want but you are wrong. Have you ever looked at any website like fangraphs, baseball america, baseball prospectus or any of those and seen the farm system rankings? THey are always in the 20s. Do you know more than these scouts and baseball writers or something? You should start your own scouting service

    • asimonetti88 - Aug 5, 2014 at 12:07 PM

      “people like raul ibanez and mccarthy kick ass for no reason!”

      It’s probably because they’re good players.

      • bigmeechy74 - Aug 5, 2014 at 5:35 PM

        yeah. It isn’t annoying when someone sucks for one team and then immediately is awesome when they join the yankees

  4. nvl004 - Aug 5, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    5 games a season does not make.

    • hoopmatch - Aug 5, 2014 at 1:21 PM

      Thanks, Yoda!

  5. kcroyal - Aug 5, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    Pitcher wins and ERA? Can we please stop using these to describe how well a pitcher is performing? Come on Gleeman, pitcher wins? Really?!?

    • grumpyoleman - Aug 5, 2014 at 12:49 PM

      Can we stop claiming someone batting .267 should be the MVP while we are at.

    • asimonetti88 - Aug 5, 2014 at 1:03 PM

      He has a 28/6 K/BB ratio, 190 ERA+, 1.29 WHIP and 2.74 FIP with the Yankees.

  6. huddlma - Aug 5, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    28/6 Strikeout to Walk Ratio. Not bad, but he’s faced the worst team in baseball twice in this stretch (Rangers). I’d like to see him go deeper into games as well.

  7. brandotho - Aug 5, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    In Arizona: 3.82 FIP, 2.90 xFIP, 4.65 K/BB, whopping 20.0% HR/FB rate, .345 BABIP against

    You probably would figure he’d turn it around

    5 starts as a Yankee (30.1 IP): 2.74 FIP, 2.84 xFIP, 4.67 K/BB. more normal 8.7% HR/FB (weird being a sinkerballer at the new Yankee Stadium)

  8. bh192012 - Aug 5, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Shouldn’t the headline be “Brandon McCarthy has turned his season around since June 27” or would that screw up the “Yankee’s did it,” “Diamondbacks are idiots” narrative?

    Interestingly, his ERA seems to closely match his HR/9….

    • ahrmon - Aug 5, 2014 at 1:48 PM

      Bitter, party of one? Bitter?

  9. dowhatifeellike - Aug 5, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    Amazing what you can do when your manager isn’t making you hit batters.

  10. uyf1950 - Aug 5, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    How can anyone not root for Brandon McCarthy after what’s he’s been through. He deserves the success. I wish him well not only because I’m a Yankees fan but it great to see him have the success now.

  11. rje49 - Aug 5, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    This year’s ’05 Aaron Small?

  12. vallewho - Aug 5, 2014 at 11:37 PM


  13. tuberippin - Aug 6, 2014 at 2:20 AM

    That Ken Tremendous Twitter handle brings back memories of Fire Joe Morgan. What a great read that used to be.

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