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Brandon McCarthy tosses a four-hit shutout as the Yankees top the Astros

Aug 21, 2014, 3:40 PM EDT

Brandon McCarthy AP

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.

  1. pete2112 - Aug 21, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    He’s been nothing but impressive since the trade. I hope the Yankees can sign him in the off season but either way it’s a nice to story to see him bounce back.

  2. bolweevils2 - Aug 21, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    Work fast, throw strikes sounds great, because the only times we hear about it is when it works. But no one mentions is when a guy works fast and throws strikes that get rocketed all over the ballpark so he’s gone after 3 innings.

  3. mikdavfle - Aug 21, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    And this week’s sign of how messed up the Diamondbacks are is…. this.

    Happy to see him doing well, even if I hate the Yankees.

    • gbrim - Aug 21, 2014 at 4:03 PM

      McCarthy was supported fully by the team and his teammates throughout his time in AZ. His comments about his stay there say a lot more about him than they do about his former team. I suppose Nuno’s under 4.00 ERA since the trade to AZ proves that they really know their stuff in the desert? No. No more than McCarthy’s good stretch says the opposite.

  4. serbingood - Aug 21, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    And Cervelli was catching today as well. Maybe Cervelli knows how to call a game better than McCann? I still think Cervelli should be the main starting catcher. He is hitting 297 and was 1 for 3 today.

    • genericcommenter - Aug 22, 2014 at 10:27 AM

      No, but during Posada’s career many of their better pitchers had a “personal catcher”- who was usually just whoever wasn’t Posada (though I think Jose Molina was particularly useful).

  5. 18thstreet - Aug 21, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    Really makes you wonder what he can do against a major league team.

    [Rim shot]

    Man, that joke never gets old.

    • nbjays - Aug 22, 2014 at 7:31 AM

      You mean that minor league team from Houston that has beaten the Yankees four out of six games this season? Makes you wonder what he could do pitching FOR a major league team, too.

  6. luz56 - Aug 21, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    They know exactly what they are doing in AZ…. Don’t insult Towers or Gibson…

  7. luz56 - Aug 21, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    They(Dbacks) want that first overall pick in 2015 and 2016 and 2017….Then trade them away for grit…

  8. sportsfan18 - Aug 21, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    Before folks back up Brinks truck after Brinks truck for Brandon… they do know what his career stats are vs. what he’s done now right?

    Career ERA+ of 101

    ERA+ with Yanks 170 (uh, Greg Maddux “only” had a career 132)

    They’ve got 900 innings to compare against his 43 innings for the Yanks…

    If I was a G.M. I’m going with the results from 900 career innings and telling him he’s a career average pitcher.

    Of course to the Yanks that still equates to Brinks truck after Brinks truck…

    Oh, one more tidbit baseball fans…

    Brandon McCarthy career ERA+ of 101
    Jeff Samardzija career ERA+ of 100

    But Jeff is going to break the bank this off season on a new deal…

    Brandon is 30 yrs old with 943 career innings pitched right now
    Jeff is 29 yrs old with 725 career innings pitched right now

    neither of them are going to “learn” how to pitch anymore. They are no longer developing…

    Buyer beware…

    Oh, Jeff is hurting himself with the A’s… ERA over 4 and was under 3 with the Cubbies…

    • ahrmon - Aug 21, 2014 at 4:59 PM

      Sorry, what was that? Had a hard time hearing over your bitter tears.

    • clydeserra - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:37 PM

      Samardzija is not a free agent this year. He has only been a starter for 2 years, and he is younger and healthier than McCarthy.

    • genericcommenter - Aug 22, 2014 at 10:29 AM

      Even an average starting pitcher is pretty valuable on the free agent market. Most teams need at least 7 or 8 starters, yet they usually have a hard time putting together 5.

  9. bigmeechy74 - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    I said the day the yankees got him that he would be the best pitcher in baseball the rest of the year. and that they would win basically every start that he and ‘shane greene’ started. And that they were better than kershaw and price. Everyone laughed at me but it’s kinda hard to argue with the results. I hate being right about crap like this. it’s so cheesy that the yankees just pull this crap out of nowhere! I hate the d-backs so much! they traded him for nuno??? why???

  10. burgundyandgold - Aug 22, 2014 at 8:33 AM

    The Orioles have a 9 game lead, best record in baseball since June, an almost un-hittable bullpen and all people want to write about is the middling Yankees?

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