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Brandon McCarthy (SP)

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Brandon McCarthy done for the year

Mon, Apr 27th 7:44pm EDT
By Stan Son

Brandon McCarthy has a torn UCL and is out for the year. (Source: Bill Shaikin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Besides the gopher ball-itis, McCarthy was pitching well. His strikeout rate was elite and he rarely walked anyone. Possible replacements could be Mike Bolsinger, Scott Baker, Zach Lee, and Carlos Frias.


Category: Injury Updates

On the Dodgers Sportsnet LA telecast, sideline reporter Alanna Rizzo reported that Brandon McCarthy has been diagnosed with right elbow tightness. (Source: Alanna Rizzo on Sportsnet LA)

Fantasy Impact: Doesn't sound good for McCarthy. Can't do or say much until we learn more about the extent of the injury.


Category: , Injury Updates

Brandon McCarthy exited Saturday night's game with an arm injury. After serving up his second home run of the night to Justin Upton, McCarthy was shaking his pitching arm and motioned to the dugout. His final line: Five innings pitched, six hits allowed (three home runs), six earned runs, one walk, and four strikeouts. 55 of 80 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: What a strange season for McCarthy. He's in the Top-10 for strikeouts but leads the league in home runs allowed with nine. He's helping fantasy teams in wins and strikeouts but hurting them in ERA and WHIP. The injury to his arm needs to be monitored carefully as he's had injury issues in the past. If healthy, McCarthy can help fantasy teams due to his elite strikeout rate and his home-run-allowed rate is unsustainable.


Category: , Injury Updates, Game Recaps

Brandon McCarthy shuts down Rockies

Sun, Apr 19th 7:02pm EDT
By Stan Son

Brandon McCarthy was in complete control shutting out the Rockies on Sunday. He allowed three hits, walked two, and struck out six. 64 of 92 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: Pick up McCarthy if you haven't already. His strikeout rate is excellent and he rarely walks batters. He is susceptible to the long ball from time-to-time, but usually the damage is limited because the bases are empty. His arsenal is potent: 95 mph fastball, cutter, sinker, curveball, and changeup. The risk/reward is definitely worth it as McCarthy can help in all pitching categories. The Dodgers are an excellent team with a good defense so wins could be plentiful.


Category: , Game Recaps

Brandon McCarthy became the first pitcher in history to strikeout 10, give up four home runs, and not issue a walk in a game (courtesy of Bill Shaikin). He pitched seven innings and threw 70 of 98 pitches for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: It's definitely concerning that McCarthy is serving up home run derby early on in the season. He did allow 25 in 2014. There is reason for optimism though. He pounds the strike zone and doesn't allow walks. Only one of the homers was with a runner-on-base. He kept the Dodgers in the game allowing the offense to tie it up. McCarthy possesses electric stuff, as evidenced by the 10 strikeouts. Once he stops serving up meat balls, I can see some great games in the future.


Category: , Game Recaps

The final line doesn't show it, but Brandon McCarthy was very impressive Wednesday night against the San Diego Padres. Matt Kemp drilled an inside sinker for a single into centerfield then the next batter, Justin Upton, crushed a mammoth home run into the left field bullpen on the same inside sinker. After that, McCarthy struck out eight over the next four innings. At around 90 pitches, the Padres hit him hard in the sixth inning and knocked him out of the game. McCarthy totaled nine strikeouts, walked one, and allowed nine hits with two home runs.

Fantasy Impact: McCarthy throws hard, reaching 95 mph. The movement on his sinker, two-seamer, cutter, and change-up are very impressive. When he misses location, it is usually over the heart of the plate that makes him susceptible to the long ball. At the cost it takes to acquire McCarthy, he is definitely worth the risk.


Category: , Game Recaps

Brandon McCarthy allowed two hits, one being a home run to David Freese of the Anaheim Angels, in three innings of work Friday night. He did not walk a batter and struck out one in his final tuneup before Opening Day.

Fantasy Impact: McCarthy had a rough spring accumulating a 6.62 ERA but he is a great value play for the upcoming season. As the #97 starting pitcher off the board, there is little investment cost in a potential sub-3.00 ERA, 175 K, 1.20 WHIP, and double-digit win hurler.


Category: , Game Recaps

Brandon McCarthy not sharp again

Sun, Mar 29th 9:54pm EDT
By Stan Son

Brandon McCarthy had his second rough outing in a row Sunday against the Texas Rangers. In 5 2/3 innings pitched, McCarthy yielded three earned runs on seven hits. He walked two and struck out four. In 14 2/3 innings pitched this spring, McCarthy has compiled a 6.75 ERA, 1.57 WHIP, and .328 AVG against.

Fantasy Impact: Not a great spring for McCarthy. The good news is that he's still healthy and the Dodgers will be relying on him because of the Hyun-Jin Ryu injury. I still like him as a relatively cheap option as he's currently the #93 starting pitcher, but I would much rather have Taijuan Walker, who is the #97 pitcher.


Category: , Game Recaps

Brandon McCarthy gets roughed up

Wed, Mar 18th 8:51pm EDT
By Stan Son

Brandon McCarthy pitched four innings Wednesday against the Chicago Cubs. He got shelled for six earned runs on eight hits, with one being a homerun by Chris Coghlan. He struck out two and did not walk anyone.

Fantasy Impact: It is Spring Training but there is a reason why McCarthy is ranked as the #67 starting pitcher. Outings like today are a possibility. With that said, McCarthy still remains a sleeper for the 2015 season. As long as there is nothing wrong health-wise, I feel confident that McCarthy will provide value relative to his ADP.


Category: , Game Recaps

Brandon McCarthy pitched three innings Friday night against the Cincinnati Reds. He allowed one earned run on three hits, one walk, and struck out one.

Fantasy Impact: McCarthy should provide excellent value if he can remain healthy. He is currently the #68 starting pitcher around the likes of Tony Cingrani and Danny Duffy. Draft him and reap the rewards.


Category: , Game Recaps

Brandon McCarthy solid in debut

Sun, Mar 8th 7:55pm EDT
By Stan Son

Brandon McCarthy made his Spring Training and Dodgers debut Sunday afternoon against the Milwaukee Brewers. He gave up two hits, allowed one earned run, and struck out two in two innings pitched. 20 of his 26 pithes were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: McCarthy is a HUGE sleeper going into 2015 as he is currently ranked as the #70 starting pitcher. I believe he is ranked so low because of his years in Arizona. It has come out that the Arizona staff did not want him throwing his cutter. When the Yankees acquired him in 2014, that was one of the first things that they changed and the numbers speak for themselves. He posted a 2.89 ERA in 90.1 innings pitched, with a 1.151 WHIP and 82 strikeouts in New York and a 5.01 ERA in 109.2 innings pitched, with a 1.377 WHIP and 93 strikeouts.


Dodgers sign P Brandon McCarthy

Tue, Dec 16th 2:56pm EST
By Stan Son

The Dodgers officially signed pitcher Brandon McCarthy to a 4 year/$48 million contract. (Source: Dylan Hernandez on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The oft-injured RHP has only pitched 200 innings once in his 9 year career. He has a career 4.09 ERA and 1.291 WHIP, but last year with the Yankees posted a 2.81 ERA and 1.151 WHIP. Much of the change was attributed to the incorporation of his four-seamer and cutter more to complement his sinker. Chavez Ravine, with the offseason moves that have upgraded the defense, could make McCarthy a cheap option to keep an eye on.