PHOENIX Diamondbacks starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy said after his start Tuesday that he threw perhaps better than he ever had before, which is odd considering the first-year D-back is now 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA after a 6-5 loss to the Pirates.
"That was as well as I've thrown a baseball in my professional career, without a doubt," a visibly perturbed McCarthy said after Tuesday's game. "I absolutely felt like I was able to do what I wanted to do.
That doesn't sound like a pitcher who through two starts has allowed 10 earned runs on 19 hits in just 11 23 innings, the worst two-game start of his big league career. So what's going on? How did McCarthy give up six runs (four earned) on 10 hits in 6 23 innings Tuesday night?
"We weren't changing things up enough, which is -- I've got to be smart right there and shake (signs) and mix things up more, the way we did there in the fifth through seventh inning," McCarthy said. "Otherwi...