The Arizona Diamondbacks have needed some starting pitching help for a little while. Lots of people have said it, I have said it, they have looked to need a big addition at the MLB trade deadline to compete and keep pace with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Now however, I am not so sure that is what they need. For sure the addition of a Jake Peavy would do wonders for them or anyone but they might not need that kind of addition.
For starters the cost is way too high for a team that values its prospects the way the DBacks do. No one likes the thought of giving away a lot of MLB ready prospects for a player that might not give you more than the rest of one season but it really seems to be unlike the DBacks to do that. Their pitching staff is going to get an addition within the next couple of weeks however in Brandon McCarthy. McCarthy has been on the disabled list since the end of May and is just about ready for a rehab assignment.
McCarthy wasn’t tossing shutouts when he went down but it is possible that some of that was due to his shoulder situation. Either way, as long as he pitched a little better things could be great for the DBacks. The way he pitched in 2012 would probably be fine with an ERA in the 3.50 area. The reason that could be fine is because the existing DBacks rotation has improved.
Patrick Corbin has done great things all year long so he is a given to be ready for the stretch run. Wade Miley is a little surprise to some however as he has had the lowest ERA among the DBacks starters in the last ten starts at 2.69. Randall Delgado is down around the same area for his last ten starts as well. These three guys collectively have an ERA around 2.81 for the last ten starts. That surprising trend has been even better for the last couple of turns and the DBacks are gaining ground because of it.
They have some holes in the rotation for sure but McCarthy returning as a solid 4th starter who gives the team a decent chance to win would give them a good staff for the playoff run. Who needs to give up an MLB ready prospect? Just keep these three intact, add McCarthy when healthy and go for it.