Brandon McCarthy
Brandon McCarthy

Brandon McCarthy (SP)

Los Angeles Dodgers - 8% owned
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Bats: R   Throws: R

Brandon McCarthy allowed four hits, two earned runs, walked one, and struck out six in 5 1/3 innings Sunday against the Colorado Rockies. 57-of-79 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: This was McCarthy's first start since August 13th. The one walk allowed was a good sign, as he had walked 5 batters a game the past three starts. Rich Hill and Clayton Kershaw are scheduled to start in the season-ending series with the Giants, so McCarthy could be in-line to start the third game.

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A hip injury is expected to land Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy back on the disabled list, the second time the right-hander has gone on the DL this year. (Source: ESPN.com)

Fantasy Impact: McCarthy has been a disappointment for some time now and should not be anywhere near your fantasy team. So far this season McCarthy has a 3.63 ERA with a 1.27 WHIP in only eight games (34.2 innings) this season. If you have not done so already go and cut McCarthy as there are plently of other pitchers putting up better value.

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Brandon McCarthy left Saturday's game due to right hip stiffness. (Source: Ken Gurnick on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: If the five walks in each of the past three games doesn't convince you, the hip injury should solidify McCarthy's place on your waiver wire.

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Brandon McCarthy left Saturday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates with an undisclosed injury in the second inning. Prior to exiting, McCarthy allowed two hits, three earned runs, walked five, and struck out three in 1 2/3 innings. 22-of-51 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: After a nice start to his season, McCarthy has really struggled and walked five batters in each of his last three starts. With his current injury and control issues, McCarthy cannot be relied on for fantasy purposes.

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Brandon McCarthy will start Saturday to face the Pittsburgh Pirates. (Source: Bill Plunkett on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: McCarthy has failed to go five innings in his past three starts and has walked five batters in his past two starts. He is coming back from offseason elbow surgery, so fatigue and control issues are to be expected. The Pirates rank 21st in OPS against RHP.


Brandon McCarthy allowed two hits, two earned runs, and walked five in 3 2/3 innings Sunday against the Boston Red Sox. 31-of-65 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: The five walks were a season-high and it was the first game in seven starts that McCarthy has not notched a strikeout. He has now gone three straight starts without reaching the five inning mark. The strikeout potential is tantalizing, but injury and control issues will remain a possibility. As of now, McCarthy is next scheduled to start at home to face the Pittsburgh Pirates, a team that ranks 18th in OPS against RHP.

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Brandon McCarthy allowed three hits, three earned runs, walked five, and struck out two in three innings Tuesday against the Colorado Rockies. 48-of-85 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: That makes consecutive starts in which McCarthy has allowed three earned runs and was not able to go at least five innings. On the season, he's sporting a 3.07 ERA, 1.02 WHIP with 35 strikeouts in 29 1/3 innings. McCarthy is next scheduled to pitch at home to face the Boston Red Sox, a team that ranks 1st in OPS against RHP.

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Brandon McCarthy allowed one hit, two runs (one earned), walked three, and struck out four in 6 1/3 innings Friday against the St. Louis Cardinals. 59-of-85 pitches were thrown for strikes. The Dodgers trainer went to the mound in the seventh inning to check on McCarthy's calf. Although it did not look serious and McCarthy was able to walk on his own accord, the Dodgers did not take any chances and shut him down for the night.

Fantasy Impact: Another good outing for McCarthy since returning from Tommy John surgery. He is now posting a 1.61 ERA, 0.72 WHIP with 26 strikeouts in 22 1/3 innings. The 85 pitches thrown on Friday were a season high. The .226 BABIP and 85% LOB% are not sustainable, so expect some regression to come. With that said, there has been a shift in how McCarthy is pitching this year. He is throwing the fastball less and the curveball much more. That would explain the lower contact percentage in the zone. If that can keep the home runs in check, then McCarthy will be a very valuabe fantasy asset, because the strikeout rate is still elite at 12.38-per-9 innings.

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Brandon McCarthy allowed three hits and struck out eight without allowing an earned run Saturday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. 55-of-77 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: Since returning to the starting rotation, McCarthy is 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA, 0.75 WHIP with 22 strikeouts in 16 innings. The thing that victimized McCarthy last year was the home run ball, but so far, he's only allowed one. As he gets more starts under his belt, the pitch count should increase as well. Keep an eye on how the Dodgers manage that going forward. McCarthy is next scheduled to start in St. Louis to face the Cardinals, a team that ranks 3rd in OPS against right-handed pitching.

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Brandon McCarthy allowed three hits (one home run), three earned runs, walked three, and struck out six in five innings Saturday against the San Diego Padres. 47-of-77 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: McCarthy threw 72 pitches in his first game back from Tommy John surgery July 3rd. The 77 pitches thrown today were an incremental increase and I'd expect that to continue going forward. If he can remain healthy (that's a big IF), McCarthy could become a viable fantasy option in the second half of the season, as he had a 11.39 K/9 in 23 innings last year before succumbing to injury. Just be aware that he did allow nine home runs during that same time span. McCarthy is next scheduled to start in Washington to face the Nationals, a team that ranks 16th in OPS against right-handed pitching.

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Brandon McCarthy shut out the Rockies for five innings Sunday afternoon. He allowed two hits, walked one, and struck out eight. 49-of-72 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: An impressive showing after undergoing Tommy John surgery last April. Before getting shut down last year, McCarthy was striking out 11.35 batters-per-nine innings, but allowed nine home runs in 23 innings. If he can limit the home runs, McCarthy could be an intriguing fantasy option down the stretch. Keep in mind that the Dodgers may limit his innings. McCarthy is next scheduled to start at home to face the Padres, a team that ranks 29th in OPS against right-handed pitching.

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Brandon McCarthy will start for the Dodgers on Sunday to face the Colorado Rockies at home. (Source: Dodger Insider on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This will be McCarthy's first start since undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2015. In his latest rehab start for High-A Rancho Cucamonga, he allowed four earned runs in five innings. In four starts before getting shut down last year, McCarthy was striking out a ton of guys (11.35/9), but allowed nine home runs in 23 innings. There's fantasy potential here, but it may be prudent to take a wait-and-see approach, especially since the Rockies rank 3rd in OPS against right-handed pitching.


Brandon McCarthy is ready to begin a minor league rehab assignment, according to the Dodgers. He's been sidelined while recovering from Tommy John surgery. (Source: Jon Weisman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: McCarthy has proven useful and will be pitching for a winning team in a pitcher's park when he returns. Still, it's hard to tell how he'll respond immediately following surgery, and he has a ways to go before he's cleared to rejoin the Dodgers' rotation. If all goes well, he could be back around the All-Star break.

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Brandon McCarthy will face live hitters as soon as next week. Assuming all goes well, he'll be sent on a rehab assignment before joining the Dodgers sometime in June. (Source: Andy McCullough on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: McCarthy will be in his first season back following Tommy John surgery, so the transition could be rusty. Still, he should get a rotation spot with a winning team. He'll call a pitcher's park home, and he's proven very fantasy relevant in the past. He'll be a pitcher to monitor once he's cleared to rejoin the team's rotation.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.