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Snake Pit Appraisals: Brandon McCarthy

How did the Snake Pit grade Brandon McCarthy's 2014 performance?

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


"I can say he had very improved performance once leaving, but when he was able to go innings without giving up runs, he was showcasing the speed. Just a shame a lot of the runs that he gave up were real unlucky ones." (AzRattler)

"He stayed healthy, and that is pretty much the lone positive."(preston.salisbury)


"Gave up the most hits per inning on any NL starter (min 100IP)" (Diamondhacks)

"Although his time with the Yankees seems to point to bad coaching/management by Gibby, Harkey, et al, McCarthy is a veteran making an 8-figure salary, so I find it hard to believe that he couldn’t throw the variety of pitches he wanted to simply because his bosses told him he couldn’t." (TylerO)

Towards 2015:

Since Brandon McCarthy is no longer an Arizona Diamondback, this section does not really apply. It could be noted though, that McCarthy's performance in New York has him being courted as one of the better second-tier pitchers of the free agent market.

Comment of the thread:

I had to use my own judgment here on this one since the recs weren't really coming in for any of the comments in the thread.

"His on-field performance was horrendous, albeit very unlucky. He’s an awesome guy and was a good gamble by KT and the crew, but injuries in 2013 and ineffectiveness all-around made his departure all but inevitable." (Steven Burt)

The tally:

  • 5 - Highly satisfied: 29%
  • 4 - Fairly satisfied: 32%
  • 3 - Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied: 11%
  • 2 - Somewhat dissatisfied: 11%
  • 1 - Very dissatisfied: 18%

The Scoreboard

  1. Evan Marshall: 4.76 (119 votes)
  2. Josh Collmenter: 4.71 (151)
  3. Paul Goldschmidt: 4.64 (168)
  4. Ender Inciarte: 4.51 (111)
  5. Chase Anderson: 4.18 (161)
  6. Eury de la Rosa: 3.63 (91)
  7. Tuffy Gosewisch: 3.50 (113)
  8. Brandon McCarthy 3.43 (542)***
  9. Jake Lamb 3.31 (115)
  10. Didi Gregorius: 2.75 (106)
  11. Mike Bolsinger: 2.67 (117)
  12. Bronson Arroyo: 2.63 (125)
  13. Will Harris 2.49 (61)
  14. Randall Delgado: 2.25 (122)
  15. Aaron Hill 2.11 (91)
  16. Trevor Cahill: 1.07 (147)

While McCarthy's score has been listed, it is highlighted by asterisks for a reason. With a total of 542 votes, McCarthy received more than four times the number of votes as anyone else, even three of the more popular players on the team. Furthermore, given that 61% of those votes came in as fours and fives when his performance was so exceptionally far below league average, his eventual score smells an awful lot like ballot stuffing.