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Brandon McCarthy | Starting Pitcher | #32

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (34) / 7/7/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'7" / 226
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Lamar (CO) CC
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 17 (0) / CWS
Contract: view contract details

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Brandon McCarthy held the Phillies to one run over 5 2/3 frames Tuesday in the Braves' 3-1 victory.
The tall right-hander struck out five on the night, walked a couple and gave up four hits. He was pulled with a runner on first base and two out in the sixth and Sam Freeman got out of the inning. McCarthy now holds a 2.08 ERA over four starts against the Phillies this season and a 6.53 ERA versus everyone else. He’ll take on the Mets – not the Phillies – next. May 22 - 11:34 PM

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Brandon McCarthy allowed one run on five hits in six innings against the Cubs on Wednesday but had to settle for a no-decision in a game his team eventually won.

He punched out eight batters against two walks. The only run he let in come on an RBI-single by Kris Bryant in the fifth frame. This was a nice bounce-back effort for the veteran hurler after he gave up 14 runs over his last two starts. He has a 4-2 record with a 5.05 ERA and 1.64 WHIP after nine starts.
May 17 - 12:16 AM

Brandon McCarthy was knocked around for six runs over five innings in a loss to the Marlins on Friday.

The Marlins piled up 11 hits against him, including solo homers from J.T. Realmuto and Starlin Castro. McCarthy struck out three and walked a pair in the loss. He’s allowed 14 runs over his last two starts, increasing his ERA from 3.09 to 5.58 in the process. He’ll look to rebound next week against the Cubs at home, but fantasy owners should sit that one out.
May 11 - 10:32 PM

Brandon McCarthy surrendered eight runs on 12 hits over 3 1/3 innings in Saturday's loss to the Giants.

McCarthy kept the scoreboard clear of damage in the first inning, but matters would devolve shortly thereafter. Alen Hanson knocked him for a two-run double in the second inning, setting the stage for the dam to burst altogether in a four-run third by the Giants. He would come back out to try one more time to get things back on track, to no avail, as San Francisco proceeded to drop another three runs on the board -- two scoring on McCarthy's line -- in the fourth inning. The veteran right-hander finished the night having struck out two and walked one. He'll carry a 4.84 ERA and 1.58 WHIP into a road start against the Marlins next time he takes to the mound.
May 5 - 11:15 PM

Brandon McCarthy improved to 4-0 on the season by giving up one run in 5 1/3 innings on Sunday against the Phillies.

It's a nice bounce-back start for McCarthy, who struggled in his last start against the Reds on Tuesday. Outside of that outing, the 34-year-old right-hander has been excellent, and he's allowed just a run in three of his last four starts. He'll be back on the mound looking for his fifth win on Friday against the Giants.
Apr 29 - 5:38 PM

Brandon McCarthy permitted five runs – three earned – across five innings in Tuesday’s loss to the Reds.

A Freddie Freeman error in the second inning didn’t help, but McCarthy wasn’t sharp in this one. He notched just one strikeout and served up back-to-back home runs to Joey Votto and Scooter Gennett in the fifth. The outing was McCarthy’s worst to date, but he still has a 3.38 ERA even though he’s not missing many bats. He gets the Phillies on the road Sunday.
Apr 24 - 11:04 PM

Brandon McCarthy earned his third win of the season by holding the Phillies to one run in 5 1/3 innings on Wednesday.

He notched six strikeouts against two walks and surrendered five base hits -- all singles. The only run he allowed came on a base hit by opposing pitcher Vince Velasquez. He wasn't able to go deep into the game but did last long enough to get credit for the victory. McCarthy has been a nice pickup by the Braves this year as he moves to 3-0 with a 2.91 ERA after four turns through the rotation.
Apr 18 - 11:19 PM

Brandon McCarthy (shoulder) went through his normal between-starts workouts Friday.

McCarthy suffered a subluxation of his left (non-throwing) shoulder during Wednesday's start, but all signs point to him being ready to take his next turn on Tuesday versus the Phillies. The veteran right-hander has posted a 3.31 ERA over his first three outings this season.
Apr 13 - 12:47 PM

Brandon McCarthy (shoulder) is expected to make his next scheduled start on Tuesday against the Phillies.

McCarthy exited his start on Wednesday after suffering the injury, and was diagnosed with left-shoulder subluxation in his non-throwing (left) shoulder. Fortunately it wasn't his right shoulder, and the partial dislocation won't force him to miss any time for the Braves.
Apr 11 - 5:45 PM

Brandon McCarthy has been diagnosed with a left shoulder subluxation.

In other words, McCarthy partially dislocated his shoulder in that awkward play at first base Wednesday versus the Nationals. It's to his non-throwing arm, so that's the good news, but the veteran right-hander could still need some time off. McCarthy had thrown five innings of one-run ball on just 61 pitches Wednesday before he left the game. He holds a strong 3.31 ERA in 16 1/3 innings this season.
Apr 11 - 2:53 PM

Brandon McCarthy exited his start Wednesday against the Nationals with a serious-looking left (non-throwing) arm injury.

McCarthy had to reach back to catch a throw at first base and must have pulled something, as he immediately called for a trainer. It might have been a shoulder dislocation, though that's just speculation based on the replay of the incident. There should be an update soon from the Braves. McCarthy had worked five innings of one-run ball versus Washington on just 61 pitches.
Apr 11 - 2:40 PM

Brandon McCarthy posted a quality start in Friday's victory over the Rockies at Coors Field, allowing three runs on five hits over his six innings of work.

The veteran right-hander walked one and punched out four on the afternoon. So far, he has done exactly what the Braves were hoping for when acquiring him in the Matt Kemp deal over the offseason, providing a stabilizing veteran presence and eating quality innings for the Braves. He'll look to continue his winning ways on Wednesday against the Nationals in Washington.
Apr 6 - 8:31 PM

Brandon McCarthy allowed two runs on six hits over 5 1/3 innings in Saturday's win over the Phillies.

McCarthy struck out five and walked three in the outing, with the two runs on his line scoring in the first inning. Mostly clean sailing for the rest of his time on the mound. The veteran right-hander has not pitched more than 100 innings in a season since 2014 and it's difficult to depend on players like that for fantasy purposes. He's got a road date with the Rockies upcoming next time he takes to the mound.
Mar 31 - 10:53 PM

Brandon McCarthy surrendered four earned runs over three innings Monday in his final Grapefruit League start against the Yankees.

McCarthy gave up just two hits, but they were both two-run homers. Didi Gregorius tagged him in the top of the first inning and Giancarlo Stanton went yard in the top of the third. McCarthy watched his Grapefruit League ERA jump from 1.42 to 3.45 in the outing against a lineup of Yankees regulars. The veteran right-hander is a risky fantasy bet for 2018, more because of durability than effectiveness. If he's healthy, there could be some mixed-league potential.
Mar 26 - 9:01 PM

Brandon McCarthy hurled six strong innings against the Tigers on Wednesday, allowing one earned run and striking out four.

McCarthy scattered five hits, and he didn't walk anyone. It's been a very strong Grapefruit League for the right-hander, and his ERA in Florida is now a minuscule 1.42. You have to worry about his health because he's battled injuries seemingly his whole career, but when healthy he's been an effective mid-rotation starter. He could be undervalued at this point in fantasy drafts.
Mar 21 - 8:03 PM

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C1Tyler Flowers
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1B1Freddie Freeman
2B1Ozzie Albies
2Charlie Culberson
SS1Dansby Swanson
3B1Johan Camargo
2Ryan Flaherty
LF1Ronald Acuna
2Preston Tucker
CF1Ender Inciarte
RF1Nick Markakis
Starting Pitcher
S1Julio Teheran
2Mike Foltynewicz
3Brandon McCarthy
4Sean Newcomb
5Mike Soroka
6Anibal Sanchez
Relief Pitcher
R1Arodys Vizcaino
2Jose Ramirez
3A.J. Minter
4Dan Winkler
5Sam Freeman
6Peter Moylan
7Shane Carle
8Luiz Gohara
9Jesse Biddle
10Grant Dayton
11Jacob Lindgren
12Lucas Sims