Some starting pitchers have it. Some don’t. Regardless of what “it” is, it’s very important. Unfortunately, Brandon McCarthy has gone his whole career without having it. He has a career 4.14 ERA and 1.30 WHIP. However, his past looks to be just that now that he is with the New York Yankees and fantasy baseball should owners should consider adding this veteran.
During his time with the Yankees, he has a 2.21 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 36 strikeouts in 36.2 innings. He currently has a 4-1 record in six starts with the Bronx Bombers. For the season, McCarthy is 7-11 with 129 strikeouts, 4.31 ERA and 1.35 WHIP.
For whatever the reason, McCarthy now looks to be the pitcher the other teams wanted him to be. Since joining the Yankees on July 6, he has a nine-strikeout game and two eight-strikeout games and has lowered his ERA from 5.01 to 4.31.
McCarthy will make his next scheduled start on Friday against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays are a middle-of-the-road offense this season. The team is 14th in average (.254), tied for 23rd in home runs (88) and tied for 15th in RBI (447).
Some fantasy owners have taken notice to McCarthy’s change in performance. He is currently owned in 42.7 percent of leagues, a jump of 14.8 percent. If you have a struggling pitcher like a Justin Verlander, you may want to make room for McCarthy, especially in a redraft league.
McCarthy may not be a Cy Young candidate but, with his recent success, can help you gain a point or two in Rotisserie leagues down the stretch.