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. "Otherwise there was no problem with consistency, there was no...