Aug 21, 2014, 3:40 PM EDT
This morning, in that Andy Martino story from the Daily News, Brandon McCarthy talked about how working as quickly as Mark Buehrle was unrealistic and that any pitching clocks should take his time to the plate, and add at least a few seconds. Guess he’s from the do-as-I-say-and-not-as-I-do camp, because that dude worked extremely quickly and extremely effectively today, beating the Astros 3-0 in a cool two hours, seven minutes. That’s even better than most Buehrle games.
And it wasn’t just fast, of course. It was crazy-effective. McCarthy needed just 107 pitches to shut the Astros out on four hits. He struck out eight and didn’t walk a batter. Seventy-nine of his 107 pitches were strikes. Do that and work fast and you pretty much moot any conversation about baseball dragging.
McCarthy is 5-2 with an ERA under two since coming over to the Yankees. A free agent after this season, his audition in the Bronx is likely to make him an awful lot of money.
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