The starting rotation for the Arizona Diamondbacks has shown that it can be a strength for the team this season, but there was one member of the rotation that has not performed up to his expectations in his starts.
Brandon McCarthy has struggled with his command of the strike zone and has also had problems with locating his pitches consistently. Arizona needed him to solve his issues as they were trying to avoid being swept by the Colorado Rockies on Sunday afternoon.
McCarthy was also the only member of the rotation that has not pitched a solid game for Arizona this season. The Diamondbacks line up has been struggling to score runs in their previous games, and they required a good outing from McCarthy.
The righty displayed flashes of brilliance in this start and demonstrated why the Diamondbacks spent money on him this past offseason. He was able to attack the Rockies hitters with his cutter, and then change speeds with his breaking pitches.
The ability to change speeds for a pitcher is crucial, because it allows them to go after opposing hitters in a variety of ways. This was one of the improvements that McCarthy made in this start, and he also had better location with his pitches.
Another area in which McCarthy showed progress is that he was more efficient with his pitches to the Rockies hitters. He definitely showed progress in this start, and has to continue for the Diamondbacks starting rotation to be a source of strength this season.