The injury situation is not quite as dire with Brandon McCarthy as it is with his former teammate, Brett Anderson, but the two pitchers fall into a similar boat in terms of workload expectations for the 2017 season. He hasn't thrown more than 40 innings since 2014, which was his first and only campaign of 200 or more innings in his career. When on the mound, however, McCarthy is a force to be reckoned with, including a K/BB of 3.91 in 679.2 innings since 2009. The Dodgers owe the right-hander $23 million over the next two seasons -- further incentive to be patient for a team whose rotation leans heavily to the left. A healthy McCarthy has the ability to contribute value in wins, strikeouts, ERA and WHIP. He's a wild card, but the upside is likely worth the meager cost on draft day.
McCarthy will start Saturday for the Dodgers against the Phillies, J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group reports. The Dodgers have shuffled their rotation a bit with the impending call-up of dazzling youngster Julio Urias. McCarthy keeps on schedule for a start this week to build on his excellent start to 2017 (2.25 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 22:8 K:BB over 24 innings).
Manager Dave Roberts said Sunday that McCarthy will "potentially" get an extra rest day before his next start, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. This shouldn't affect those setting weekly lineups, as McCarthy will still be in line for a home start against Philadelphia next weekend, extra day of rest or not. The 33-year-old was sharp again Sunday, tossing seven innings of two-run ball with six strikeouts to one walk in a win over Arizona. McCarthy now has a 2.25 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 22:8 K:BB over 24 innings this season.
McCarthy allowed two runs on five hits while walking three and striking out eight over five innings for a no-decision in Monday's 4-2 loss to the Diamondbacks. The 99-pitch outing actually raised his ERA to 1.96, but the 33-year-old right-hander hasn't allowed more than two runs in any of his three starts so far. A groundball artist, McCarthy owns an 8.47 K/9, looking the part of a strong back-of-the-rotation fantasy starter. Pitching for one of the NL's best teams and in a pitcher-friendly ballpark, he could be in for a resurgent campaign if he can stay healthy.
McCarthy (2-0) allowed four hits and three walks while striking out four over six shutout innings Wednesday to get the win in a 2-0 victory over the Cubs. He got staked to a 1-0 lead right out of the gate thanks to an Andrew Toles leadoff homer, and McCarthy (with some help from the Dodgers bullpen) took it from there. The right-hander now has a 1.50 ERA over his first two starts of the season, and he'll look to keep rolling Monday at home against the Diamondbacks.
McCarthy (1-0) tossed six innings of two-run ball Thursday, walking one and striking out four in a 10-2 win over the Padres. The veteran rewarded manager Dave Roberts' decision to start him in the rotation with a quality start in his 2017 debut. McCarthy was his usual aggressive self, pounding the zone and throwing 52 of his 78 pitches for strikes. The 33-year-old's control was the key takeaway from this start after he posted a career-worst 5.8 BB/9 in his return from Tommy John surgery last season. Those in standard mixed leagues shouldn't overreact to a strong start from a pitcher who hasn't posted an ERA below four since 2012. That said, McCarthy is a rosterable option in deeper and NL-only formats in the right matchups. His next start start comes against a potent Cubs lineup, which definitely doesn't fall in the "right matchup" category. Proceed with caution.
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