2014 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: SP Brandon McCarthy
Not many fantasy baseball fans had faith in SP Brandon McCarthy at the beginning of June. He was seemingly discarded from the struggling Arizona Diamondbacks and sent to the New York Yankees in exchange for another struggling pitcher in Vidal Nuno.
At first glance, McCarthy’s numbers (4-10 record, 4.63 ERA, 1.37 WHIP) are absolutely atrocious. The right-hander’s ERA is well above the 4.00-mark and his losses are hard to ignore. He hardly looks like someone worth picking up off the waiver wire.
However, his stats have been truly outstanding since heading to New York. Over his three NY starts (18.2 IP), McCarthy has a sizzling 1.48 ERA. He has now allowed under two earned runs in five consecutive starts, including four one-run games.
McCarthy has great life on his fastball at the moment. He is throwing it by people and hitting his targets consistently. He hasn’t looked this strong in years and it has revitalized his almost nonexistent fantasy value.
McCarthy has basically become the de facto ace of the Yankees, as the team has already lost C.C. Sabathia (knee), Masahiro Tanaka (elbow), and Ivan Nova to injury. McCarthy has stepped right into the spot light of the Big Apple and he has not backed down from the challenge, which is something hundreds of big leaguers have been unable to do before him.
McCarthy is only owned in 13.9% of ESPN leagues right now. He will be a great midseason pickup and will be certainly worth adding as a SP7.