After a great second start as a New York Yankee, Brandon McCarthy won his first game as a Bronx Bomber this afternoon, 7-1 over the Cincinnati Reds. He gave up just one run in six innings pitched while striking out nine and walking none.
With this start, McCarthy has now had back-to-back quality starts since joining the Yankees, however, the Yankees just cannot bank their playoff hopes on McCarthy.
McCarthy takes the spot in the Yankees’ starting rotation left by Vidal Nuno, who was swapped for McCarthy in a straight up trade earlier this month with the Arizona Diamondbacks. While McCarthy might have a more well-known name, he is not that much of an upgrade over the pedestrian Nuno.
In Arizona, McCarthy went 3-10, and while many would say that is only because the Diamondbacks are a bottom of the barrel team, McCarthy’s ERA with the Diamondbacks was 5.01. That is so insanely high that you cannot possibly blame the Diamondbacks for lack of run support in McCarthy’s starts, because his ERA dictates he has been getting shellacked all year long.
So, McCarthy may have started off his stint with the Yankees on a good note, but giving his season stats this year and his recent history in years past, it will certainly not last. Plus, regardless of what McCarthy does the rest of this season for the Yankees, they just have way too many holes in their starting pitching to make a run. Their biggest hole was obviously left by ace Masahiro Tanaka, who may eventually need Tommy John Surgery on his hurt pitching elbow.
The AL East may be weak this year, but the Yankees need a heck of a lot more than McCarthy if they want to make the playoffs this season.