The Almost-Amazing Dodger Pitching Staff

Just a quick weekend post. The Dodgers are currently 7-3, tied for the lead in the NL west. They’ve won five games in a row and have been hitting like expected. Still, the pitching staff, particularly the starters, have seemed uneven. Brandon McCarthy survived a four homer start, and Clayton Kershaw gave up two last night. By ERA-, the Dodgers have been 6% worse than the league...
Via Dodgers Digest
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers 7, Rockies 3: Clayton Kershaw At His Best-ish And Worst-ish

Dodger starters are no strangers to unusual games lately. A few nights ago, Brandon McCarthy struck out ten, walked none, and allowed four home runs. On opening day, Clayton Kershaw induced one of the highest whiff rates of his career, yet gave up three runs. On his next turn, he allowed six runs. Tonight’s 7-3 win against the Rockies continued the trend. On the one hand, Clayton...
Via Dodgers Digest
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Baseball Profcast: Buy/Sell Hot Starts

In Episode 175, Professors Bryan Curley (@BaseballProf) and Dan Marcus (@DanMarcus3) discuss some fantasy baseball news and play a game of buy or sell with some of the year’s hot starts. Topics include: What to do with injured players such as Carlos Carrasco, Alex Rios, and Rusney Castillo Thoughts on Joey Votto’s scorching start What’s going on with Brandon McCarthy How...
Via Baseball Professor
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Brandon McCarthy is the Exact Same Pitcher from Last Season in Los Angeles Dodgers’ Win Over Seattle Mariners

Brandon McCarthy #38 of the Los Angeles Dodgers delivers a first inning pitch against the Chicago Cubs at Camelback Ranch on March 18, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) Last year, for the Arizona Diamondbacks and then for the New York Yankees, RHP Brandon McCarthy pitched a healthy 200 innings, walked less than two batters every nine innings and struck...
Via The Sports Journal
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Aggressively Buying Brandon McCarthy

View image | Draft season is over but in my experiences early in the season is a great time to make trades that can seriously alter your fantasy team’s future. One guy I own in two of the three leagues I am in is Brandon McCarthy, and I strongly suggest you do what you can to get him on your team as well. The first part of it is his success last year in New York...
Via The Fantasy Fix
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres @ Dodgers April 8, 2015: Brandon McCarthy’s Debut

If you’re freaking out over last night’s bullpen implosion, know two things: 1) yes, the bullpen without Kenley Jansen is thin and scary, and 2) if you were expecting to have nothing but 100% perfect, then your expectations were sorely miscalibrated. Of course the bullpen was going to blow a game. Obviously. Padres Dodgers 7:10 p.m. Los Angeles...
Via Dodgers Digest
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres, Dodgers battle for series win

The San Diego Padres feature five newcomers atop their revamped lineup, and each has made contributions through the first two games of the season. Brandon McCarthy now looks to make an impression of his own in his first start for the Los Angeles Dodgers. San Diego seeks its first series win at Dodger Stadium in six tries as the clubs conclude a three-game set Wednesday night. Wil...
Via AP on Fox
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Masahiro Tanaka Abandons the Fastball

A few years ago, Brandon McCarthy threw out a question that baseball Twitter scrambled to research: how often do Opening Day starting pitchers throw a first-pitch non-fastball? Suggested is that first-pitch fastballs, here, are extremely common and extremely predictable, and the results fell in line. It wasn’t clear there had been any first-pitch non-fastballs, and […]
Via Fangraphs
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Coghlan homers as Cubs rough up McCarthy, beat Dodgers

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Dodgers starter Brandon McCarthy got tagged as Chris Coghlan homered and drove in three runs, leading the Chicago Cubs over Los Angeles 7-5 Wednesday. McCarthy gave up six runs and eight hits in four innings. In nine innings this spring, the Dodgers newcomer has allowed eight runs and 13 hits. Coghlan hit a two-run homer in the second inning after a two-run...
Via AP on Fox
March 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Do the Los Angeles Dodgers Have the MLB’s Best Rotation?

View image | With the start of the MLB regular season right around the corner, TopSportsReport thought it was time to ramp up our baseball coverage.  In order to jump start our coverage, we decided it would be smart for us to have an article where we could share some opinions about each team.  In order to do so, we decided to put out a power rankings article...
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March 18, 2015  |  Discuss

McCarthy sharp for Dodgers in 3-3 tie with Reds

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Brandon McCarthy gave up a run in three innings Friday night in his second spring for the Los Angeles Dodgers, a 3-3 tie with the Cincinnati Reds. McCarthy, who signed a four-year, $48-million free-agent contract with the Dodgers on Dec. 16, gave up an RBI double to Chris Dominguez in the second inning and three hits overall. The right-hander, a projected starter...
Via AP on Fox
March 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Brandon McCarthy goes 2 innings in Dodgers debut

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Brandon McCarthy pitched two innings in his Los Angeles Dodgers debut, a 4-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday. McCarthy gave up a run and two hits while striking out two. The slim right-hander signed a $48 million, four-year contract with the Dodgers on Dec. 16 after spending last season with the Arizona Diamondbacks and New York Yankees. Carlos...
Via AP on Fox
March 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Don’t Judge The Health Of The Dodger Rotation On Disabled List Trips

What’s the biggest potential weakness of the 2015 Dodgers? Everyone who just said “right-handed power” can go sit in the corner. Stop. Just stop it. That’s not it. That doesn’t matter. It is, probably without a ton of controversy, starting rotation depth. We’ve been over this a bunch of times. All five members of the 2015 rotation — Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Hyun...
Via Dodgers Digest
February 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Brandon McCarthy & Molly Knight had a insightful Twitter convo while you were sleeping

Besides his pitching, Brandon McCarthy also has value of another sort, which is his entertaining Twitter account and just generally being more accessible than most professional athletes. Late last night, McCarthy displayed the value of that accessibility clearer than ever by engaging journalist Molly Knight in an elongated conversation about the athlete/media dynamic. It’s lengthy...
Via Dodgers Digest
February 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers: Keys to 2015 World Series

The 2015 baseball season is officially underway. Pitchers and catchers reported for spring training Thursday, Feb. 19th, and the rest of the team is set to join them on Wednesday Feb. 25th. After a disappointing end to the 2014 season, the Los Angeles Dodgers and their fans are very much in need of a fresh start. With all the new additions to the team, fans are very much looking...
February 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Player Profile #172: Brandon McCarthy | SP | LAD

In 2014 during his age-30 season, Brandon McCarthy finally broke out. The guy with the 4.05 ERA and 1.28 WHIP broke out? As we delve into his statistics you’ll see that 2014 was by far the most effective year of his career despite what the final numbers say. As we all know the Diamondbacks sold low on McCarthy this past season, netting only the lowly Vidal Nuno in return. Nuno...
Via Baseball Professor
December 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers DFA Brian Wilson, make Brandon McCarthy official

During Farhan Zaidi’s press conference discussing the Brandon McCarthy signing, the Dodgers designated Brian Wilson for assignment to make room for McCarthy on the 40-man roster. This is certainly a move some have, for lack of a better term, fantasized about but thought it was a pipe dream of sorts. Then we remember this isn’t Ned Colletti’s front office anymore. “This was...
Via Dodgers Digest
December 16, 2014  |  Discuss

McCarthy and Dodgers finalize 4-year contract

LOS ANGELES (AP) Pitcher Brandon McCarthy and the Los Angeles Dodgers have finalized a four-year contract. The deal was agreed to last week at the winter meetings and announced Tuesday. A 31-year-old right-hander, McCarthy was 3-10 with a 5.01 ERA in 18 starts this year for Arizona, which traded him to the Yankees on July 6 for pitcher Vidal Nuno. McCarthy went 7-5 with a 2.89 ERA...
Via AP on Fox
December 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers sign two former A’s pitchers

When the Los Angeles Dodgers traded Dan Haren to the Miami Marlins, I was concerned about the teams’ sense of humor. Haren (@ithrow88) is a great follow on Twitter, despite only having 45 career tweets. His best, this one: Haren Pitching at Coors Field #ScaryStoriesIn5Words — dan haren (@ithrow88) October 31, 2014 Self-depreciating humor is the best humor, and Haren mastered...
December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Intent on Spending All the Money, Dodgers Sign Brett Anderson

The Los Angeles Dodgers have added injury-prone starting pitcher Brett Anderson on a one-year, $10 million contract that could yield the veteran another $4 million in incentives. This comes on the heels of a whole host of moves by the new Dodgers front office during MLB’s winter meetings. The team added Jimmy Rollins, Howie Kendrick and Brandon McCarthy, among others, last week...
Via Sportsnaut
December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Brandon McCarthy Flawlessly Photoshops Himself Into A Dodgers Jersey

Last week, pitcher Brandon McCarthy signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers in a move that will net him $48 million over the next four years. McCarthy must have been incredibly excited about the prospect of wearing a Dodgers uniform. Instead of waiting, McCarthy decided to “photoshop” a picture of himself so that he’d be wearing Article found on: Next Impulse Sports
Via Next Impulse Sports
December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Brandon McCarthy uses MS Paint to update Twitter avatar for Dodgers

Starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers during a wave of hot stove action last week and probably one of his next orders of business is finding a home in a new city. Nevertheless, McCarthy carved out some time, though very little, to update his Twitter avatar, which had showed him wearing Yankees' pinstripes. Here it is after the MS Paint update: It's...
Via Fox Sports
December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Brandon McCarthy Photoshops Twitter Avatar After Signing With Dodgers (Photo)

Brandon McCarthy is a better pitcher then he is an artist. The free-agent pitcher reportedly agreed to a four-year, $48 million deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers that was finalized Monday, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports, citing league sources. But that left his Twitter avatar in a weird spot. McCarthy couldn’t keep up the image of him in a New York Yankees uniform, so he wasted...
December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers Bet On Brandon McCarthy’s Shoulder

Durability can be a difficult thing to prove, but it can be an easier thing to demonstrate. And teams are fond of players they can count on, which is one of the reasons why Nick Markakis got four guaranteed years while the Mariners sold a relatively cheap Michael Saunders. Francisco Liriano has a history of […]
Via Fangraphs
December 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Brandon McCarthy Signs With Yankees West

If reports are true, I cannot blame the Yankees for not matching the four-year offer Brandon McCarthy accepted last night from the Los Angeles Dodgers. McCarthy deserves, at-best, a three-year deal and, realistically, nothing more than a two-year deal. I also cannot blame McCarthy for going where the money is. Actually, the phrase "where the money is" is a bit misleading.  The Yankees...
Via Lady At The Bat
December 11, 2014  |  Discuss
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