Through his first two starts as a Los Angeles Dodger, Brandon McCarthy has looked like two different pitchers. On a good note, he’s struck out 19 batters in 12 innings and the Dodgers have won both games he’s pitched. On a bad note, he’s allowed nine earned runs, including six home runs.
On Monday, McCarthy became the first pitcher since 2012 to strike out 10 hitters and allow four home runs in the same start. Luckily for the right-hander, the offense has scored enough runs to overcome the deficits left by McCarthy.
After his outing against the Seattle Mariners, the 31-year-old gave his take on the start via Dodgers Nation reporter Matt Moreno:
I have no idea what that was in a lot of ways. Two of the home runs were terrible pitches that you would expect to be hit out. Two of them were pitches that I didn’t think were gonna be home runs. It was just a really weird outing. It got better as it went. I knew I had to find something to keep it going and try and stay aggressive and get us in the game. I really have no explanation for what that was.
The Dodgers signed McCarthy to a four-year, $48 million deal this winter to be the fourth starter and provide some stability to the back end of the rotation. He is currently acting as the third starter because of a shoulder issue to Hyun-Jin Ryu. While the good has looked really good, the bad has also been really good. McCarthy’s next start will be Sunday against the Colorado Rockies and their NL-leading offense.
The Dodgers need McCarthy to at least find a happy medium in order to guarantee sustained success.
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