This is the Brandon McCarthy the Dodgers front office wanted. They knew his history but they also knew about changes he had made, both to his pitching mechanics and psyche. Brandon McCarthy is making about $12 million a year and was signed for four years. He has this year and 2018 left on his deal. $12 million a year is a bargain for a pitcher of McCarthy’s standing.
Brandon McCarthy has pitched 63 innings this year and has a 3.14 ERA to go with a 1.10 WHIP. To say he has been solid is an understatement. He has been very good and except for a 10-day stint on the DL due to a separated shoulder from a training accident, he has always answered the bell this year. Kyle Kendricks has fewer innings pitched and an ERA a run higher than Brandon. The same is true of the following pitchers as well:
- Drew Pomeranz
- Michael Wacha
- Corey Kluber
- Sonny Gray
- Francisco Liriano
… and a whole lot more
Fans complain that the Dodgers sign injury-prone players as if that is a bad thing. I am going to suggest that the Front Office would be really dumb to sign any other type. Mike Leake was not injury-prone and is having a decent year THIS year (3.14 ERA/1.09 WHIP). This is after the first year of his new deal when he put up a 4.69 ERA and 1.32 WHIP. The Cardinals signed Mike Leake for 5 years and $80 million dollars. He did great the first month – watch him end up where he always has.
Jeff Samardzija has no injury history, so the Giants gave him a 5 year/$90 million dollar deal. He is making $20 million a year. He eats innings but has a 4.15 ERA after putting up a 3.81 ERA last year. Yes, he pitched 200 innings, but the quality was poor.
Zack Greinke has a 3.00 ERA this year after a 4.37 ERA last year for which he is getting $34 million a year for 5 more years! That is going to end badly.
David Price with no injury history signed an even bigger deal. His arm is dangling by a thread. He has pitched 23 innings and has a 5.09 ERA. In the first year of his $200 million dollar deal, he had a 3.99 ERA. How do you think that is going to end.
Johnny Cueto has been injury-free for a while, and that earned him a $120 million dollar deal. His first year was great. No so great this year in that he has a 4.57 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP. That deal along with the Shark, Cain’s deal and Moore has sunk the ship in SF.
Even when you sign pitchers that are not injury-prone, they are prone to injury. Two years ago, many fans mocked Andrew Friedman for signing injury-prone players. It turns out that they often deliver similar results for a lot less money… and you can stack ’em deep! The Dodgers are currently the envy of many MLB front offices. They can’t afford the depth the Dodgers have because of big contracts to underperforming pitchers.
It turns out FAZ was the smart one and the ones who called for no injury-prone pitchers were just smarting. Brandon McCarthy may or may not have a significant injury this year, but you know what? It doesn’t matter. The Dodgers have the depth to cover it. It hurts losing Julio Urias. He gets an MRI today and we will know more soon (I hope it’s just a little inflammation), but the depth is there. Trevor Oaks as our Number 5 could be very nice. Count ’em, there are Masterson, Jurrjens, Castillo, Font and don’t count out Scott Barlow. He has 65 IP with 36 H/69 K and a 2.09 ERA to top off a 0.94 WHIP.
Another injury prone guy goes today (Rich Hill) as the Dodgers try and sweep the Indians. Let’s see how that works out. You can call the front office crazy for signing pitchers who are blind, crippled and crazy, but it turns out that they are crazy like a fox!