After six weeks of bullpen sessions and ramping up for the regular season, Brandon McCarthy was on the mound Friday for his final tuneup before making a start in a game that will have an impact on the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 2015 season.
McCarthy went three innings against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, allowing two runs on two hits, including giving up a two-run home run to David Freese in the Dodgers’ 6-0 loss. Following his start, McCarthy said he was glad to put Spring Training behind him and added he isn’t satisfied with where he’s at, according to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com:
The 31-year-old right-hander said he’s glad “that it’s done.” I still don’t feel completely as locked in as I’d like to be,” McCarthy said, “but I know it’s spring and it’s different.”
While McCarthy had a negative view of his results, manager Don Mattingly was on the opposite end of the spectrum, via ESPN’s Anthony Witrado:
The ball is jumping out of his hand. For myself and (pitching coach) Rick (Honeycutt), after that third inning it’s like you’re walking out of camp, you’re healthy, you’re as ready as you’re going to be. I feel like he’s had a good camp. He’s been able to do all the things he’s wanted to do. He might not feel exactly the way he wants to feel, but I don’t know if anybody ever walks in to the season like that. It’s always a work in progress.”
In his first Spring Training with the Dodgers, McCarthy went 1-2 with a 6.62 ERA in five starts. He also threw a Minor League game on a backfield at Camelback Ranch in lieu of starting a Cactus League game; with the purpose being to allow him to work on throwing certain pitches in a controlled environment.
Signed to a four-year, $48 million contract under the notion he would serve as the Dodgers’ fourth starter, McCarthy’s importance and role has been elevated in the wake of Hyun-Jin Ryu’s shoulder issue. The 31-year-old right-hander is expected to make his regular-season debut Wednesday in the finale of a three-game set against the San Diego Padres.
Dodgers 2015 Spring Training: Brandon McCarthy