Goat Of The Week: Not Brandon McCarthy
This weekly article usually consists of me ranting aboutsomebody or anorganization, but this week I’m blowing up that idea. My sandbox. My rules.
On the surface Brandon McCarthy is a great candidate for Goat of the Week as he was shellacked on Thursday afternoon against the Rangers: 2.2 IP, nine hits and six runs. It was a rough outing for a guy that had been red hot in his previous three outings (24 IP, one run).
Two days before Christmas 2006, McCarthy was acquired by the Rangers along with David Paisano for John Danks, Nick Masset and Jacob Rasner. Fans infully watched as McCarthy struggled through three injury-riddled seasons with Texas. He never threw more than 101.2 innings in a single year and in 2008, he only managed five starts. Meanwhile, John Danks consistently averaged 200 innings during the 2008-10 seasons and accumulated 16.9 rWAR during that time. It has been one of the more lopsided trades in recent memory for the Rangers organization.
After missing the entire 2010 season, McCarthy signed with the Oakland Athletics and foundsabermetrics which helped him with his resurgence.
“I DIDN’T WANT to suck at baseball anymore,” said McCarthy.
He managed to pitch 170.2 innings in 2011, and in 2012, he was the Opening Day starter and pitched well, but on September 5, McCarthy took a line drive to the head off the bat of Erick Aybar of the Los Angeles Angels. He underwent surgery for two hours to relieve cranial pressure after CT scans revealed McCarthy had suffered an epidural hemorrhage, a brain contusion and a skull fracture.
During the offseason, McCarthy signed with the Diamondbacks for two years and $15.5M contract. The 2013 season has been a struggle for him (three previous starts notwithstanding) as he has an 80 ERA+ and has given up a league-high 85 hits, but after all his health struggles it’s hard not to root for a guy with a sense of humor.