Arizona Diamondbacks' Brandon McCarthy Disappointing in Loss to Colorado Rockies

By chris lacey
Jennifer Hilderbrand-USA Today Sports

The starting rotation for the Arizona Diamondbacks has been a strength for the team this season, and this has allowed them to remain competitive.

There is still one member of the Diamondbacks starting rotation, who was still searching for his first victory of the season and also looking to find some consistency in his starts.

Brandon McCarthy has had plenty of issues this season with his command and location of his pitches, but in his previous start he showed some improvement by doing a better job of throwing strikes and mixing his pitches. He was set to pitch against the Colorado Rockies on Friday night,  and needed to have a strong performance against them.

McCarthy did a terrific job of throwing strikes early in the game, but the only problem with throwing too many strikes is that good hitters will focus on patterns. The Rockies line up made adjustments to the pattern that they saw McCarthy exhibit on the mound.

The key for a starting pitcher to have success in MLB is to throw strikes on a consistent basis, but he also has to know when not to throw pitches in the strike zone.

When a starting pitcher leaves all the pitches he throws in the strike zone, he makes it too easy for opposing hitters to focus on what he is trying to do against them. McCarthy had this exact problem in this start, and could have had better results if he would have varied the location of his pitches.

McCarthy is a good starting pitcher, but he seemed to lose his rhythm when he got into trouble.

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