Brandon McCarthy Is Bulking Up

When we last talked to Brandon McCarthy, he was looking for a change-up. He didn’t find it. But he did find what he hopes will be the key to a successful — and full — season this year: Bulk. After an offseason that included some work on the change, the pitch was still one McCarthy […]
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Fantasy Roundup: What to Make of McCarthy

Have you given us your opinion in this week’s Reader Survey? It takes 30 seconds so do it now! McCarthy has a very friendly upcoming schedule, making him a decent stream candidate (Photo: AP/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Despite Brandon McCarthy’s recent struggles, some fantasy owners (including this one) thought he was a good spot start against the Mets for two reasons: The Mets are...
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D-backs need 'exorcism' after franchise-worst start

PHOENIX -- If there were one thing the Diamondbacks couldn't afford to let go to waste Wednesday afternoon it was a quality outing from its scuffling starting rotation. While Brandon McCarthy's performance fell one out shy of an official "quality start," it was the exact kind of effort the D-backs needed from him -- the kind that could have helped them avoid a sweep...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Mets push Diamondbacks' losing streak to 6

PHOENIX -- Dillon Gee allowed three hits in seven scoreless innings, and the New York Mets beat Arizona 5-2 Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep and send the Diamondbacks to their sixth straight loss. Arizona finished an 0-6 homestand and dropped to 1-11 at Chase Field. At 4-14, the Diamondbacks are off to their worst 18-game start. Gee (1-0) retired his first 14 batters, struck...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks Slow Start

(Courtesy of Off to their worst start in the teams’ 16 year history, the Arizona Diamondbacks have had a difficult time getting things going thus far this season. Paul Goldschmidt has carried the bulk of the load offensively, while newly acquired outfielder Mark Trumbo has added some power to the lineup. The D-backs are struggling all-around through the first 17 games...
Via Phoenix Sports-Kings
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Diamondbacks – Sweep the Snakes!

The Mets will be looking for their first series sweep of the season this afternoon at 3:40 PM, when they take on the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Dillon Gee (0-0, 5.03 ERA) will make his fourth start of the season for the Mets, still search searching for his first win, and he will be opposed by right-hander Brandon McCarthy (0-2, 7.78) for the D’Backs. Since defeating the...
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23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Game Chatter: Dillon Gee vs. Brandon McCarthy (4/16/14)

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Diamondbacks, 3:40 PM – Sweep Edition!

The Mets will be looking for their first series sweep of the season this afternoon at 3:40 PM, when they take on the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Dillon Gee (0-0, 5.03 ERA) will make his fourth start of the season for the Mets, still search searching for his first win, and he will be opposed by right-hander Brandon McCarthy (0-2, 7.78) for the D’Backs. Since defeating the...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

D-backs fall to expansion-era depths

PHOENIX -- The Diamondbacks certainly thought these days were long gone. But after a 9-0 loss to the New York Mets on Tuesday at Chase Field, the D-backs tied the 1998 expansion team for the worst start in franchise history at 4-13. That was a team of mostly spare parts. This is a $110 million machine. The game begins and almost always is decided on the mound, and that is where the...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Long Balls Plaguing Brandon McCarthy

For those who subscribe to FanGraphs+, you have access to informative blurbs on nearly every major league player’s page. When writing about Brandon McCarthy for FG+, Jason Collette credited him with 80-grade social media presence. McCarthy is one of the good guys; he’s likable and easy to root for on many levels. McCarthy’s had a […]
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

D-backs vs. Dodgers, 6 p.m., FOX Sports Arizona Plus

The Dodgers return to Chase Field tonight for the first time since their impromptu (or was it?) celebratory dip in the right-field pool after clinching the NL West pennant last Sept. 19. FOX Sports Arizona Plus will have all the angles -- wet and dry -- covered, starting with our pre-game show at 6 p.m., with first pitch to follow at 6:40. Brandon McCarthy takes the mound for the...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

McCarthy alters routine in quest for elusive 200 innings

PHOENIX --  Brandon McCarthy likens it to falling off a cliff, when he goes from perfectly healthy to perfectly miserable because of seasonal shoulder inflammation. It has happened every year for the last five, and he adopted a new offseason regimen in an attempt to pair his usual effectiveness with more elusive durability this time.  As a side effect, McCarthy is throwing harder...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
7 days ago  |  Discuss

McCarthy alters routine in quest for elusive 200 innings

D-backs starter Brandon McCarthy tries new approach in effort to avoid annual shoulder fatigue, and gains 2 mph in the process.
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Three things the Diamondbacks need to do to turn their season around

(Photo courtesy of the @Dbacks official Twitter account.)   After falling to 2-7 to open up their 2014 season, it’s a good time to remind the Diamondbacks and their fans that a Major League Baseball season is a marathon, not a sprint. To say that there’s time to turn their fortunes around would be an understatement, with 153 games left on the schedule. However, if the D-backs...
Via Phoenix Sports-Kings
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Rockies 9, Diamondbacks 4, No Tulo, no problem

On a night in which Troy Tulowitzki was rested, the rest of the offense picked up the slack after a slow start en route to a 9-4 win over the Diamondbacks. The Rockies got off to a slow start quite literally as Jorge De La Rosa took 42 pitches and nearly a half hour to get out of the top of the first, despite only allowing one run. The bats also started cold for Colorado, after...
Via Pro Sports Daily
11 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 in Opening Day First Pitches

Brandon McCarthy isn’t our boss, nor is he anywhere on the FanGraphs payroll, but similar to how one would act around a boss, we’re willing to do what McCarthy asks us to do. There’s nothing better than being handed an idea, and a year ago, McCarthy handed over an idea that we get to write […]
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Brandon McCarthy named Opening Day starter for Diamondbacks

(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)   Kirk Gibson has announced that right-hander Brandon McCarthy will take the mound at Chase Field for the Diamondbacks’ home opener, via the Diamondbacks’ official Twitter page.   Kirk Gibson makes it official. @BMcCarthy32 will start on Opening Day at Chase Field and be followed by @wademiley36 and Trevor Cahill. — Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks...
Via Phoenix Sports-Kings
21 days ago  |  Discuss

D-backs firm up front of rotation, but several spring battles unresolved

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson confirmed Wednesday that Brandon McCarthy will start the team's home opener at Chase Field on Monday and laid out the front end of the rotation to start the season. Wade Miley and Trevor Cahill will follow McCarthy on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, but Gibson said the back end of the rotation remains unresolved. First...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
21 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Brandon McCarthy's wife complains about duck poop

Your browser does not support iframes. Brandon McCarthy has doggy/duck poop issues, apparently. has a feature called “Chatting Cage” where fans are afforded the opportunity to ask baseball players questions via social media through an intermediary. It’s a pretty neat way to allow fans greater access to their baseball-playing heroes. An unforeseen perk apparently [...
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March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

D-backs game report: Monday, March 3

Angels 3, Diamondbacks 2 Game recap: Brandon McCarthy was sick Monday, but it did not show in his pitching. He gave up three hits, only one out of the infield, in five shutout innings in the Diamondbacks' 3-2 loss to the Angels. Former Arizona outfielder Collin Cowgill's double down the left-field line was the only ball out of the infield off McCarthy. D-backs shortstop prospect...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

D-backs game report: Wednesday, Feb. 26

Diamondbacks 4, Dodgers 1 Game recap: The D-backs opened Cactus League play with a win behind four strong innings from Brandon McCarthy. D-backs hitters roughed up reigning NL Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw for three runs on five hits. "It's good to have the fans in the stadium and get to play for real, let alone play against the Dodgers and Kershaw," D-backs manager...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Brandon McCarthy won't wear MLB's new protective cap

On the same day Major League Baseball approved a padded cap for pitchers to wear for protection against line drives, Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon McCarthy told ESPN's Jayson Stark, "I won't wear [the cap] in its current form." McCarthy was injured by a line drive off his head in September of 2012, which led to a brain contusion and skull fracture, injuries...
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Brandon McCarthy does not plan to wear new padded cap

Major League Baseball made a step in the right direction in approving the use of a padded cap for enhanced protection for a pitcher, but Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon McCarthy isn’t sold that it’s enough of a step forward to wear.  He tweeted today in response to a fan’s question on the subject (via @BMcCarthy32): Yes, extensively. Headed in right direction but not...
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January 28, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB approves protective padded cap for pitchers, Brandon McCarthy says it's not ready for use

Following a string of frightening incidents in which pitchers were struck in the head by line drives, those on the mound will now have the opportunity to wear at least some protective gear. Major League Baseball have now approved a padded cap for use in games from this point forwards, a move that was expected from reports that emerged towards the end of last year. In a report for...
Via Sports Injury Alert
January 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Pitchers' protective caps approved

In the nearly 17 months since then-Oakland Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy was struck in the head by a line drive and suffered life-threatening brain injuries, Major League Baseball says it has received and tested numerous prototypes from different vendors for padded caps to provide some head protection against high-speed shots off the bat. On Tuesday morning, MLB informed its...
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 28, 2014  |  Discuss

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