Brandon McCarthy
SP ATL
3 days ago

McCarthy is expected to work out of the bullpen during the Braves' five-game slate this week, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

With off days Monday and Thursday and Mike Foltynewicz (triceps) due to return from the disabled list Saturday against the Orioles, the Braves have elected to streamline their rotation this week. That decision will be most detrimental to McCarthy, who will forfeit his turn in the rotation Wednesday in Toronto to Anibal Sanchez. After tossing seven shutout innings his last time out to bring his ERA below 2.00 for the season, Sanchez seems to have leapfrogged McCarthy on the depth chart and should build some more job security with another quality showing Wednesday. If Foltynewicz and Julio Teheran (hamstring) also make it through their respective outings without any health concerns, there's a good chance McCarthy would remain in the bullpen beyond this week. While he hasn't been a complete disaster this season (4.89 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 60 strikeouts in 73.2 innings), McCarthy probably hasn't performed well enough for the Braves to justify deploying a six-man rotation.

Brandon McCarthy
SP ATL
5 days ago

McCarthy allowed two runs on eight hits in 5.2 innings against the Padres on Friday, striking out four and walking one in a no-decision.

EDGE Analysis

McCarthy left the game with a 3-2 lead after throwing 80 pitches (51 for strikes). In four of his last six starts McCarthy has allowed two runs or less, but his ERA still sits at a relatively high 4.89 on the year. Opponents are hitting .304 against the right-hander while also posting an .841 OPS against him (the second-highest OPS mark McCarthy has allowed in his career). His next start will be against the Orioles in a matchup at home.

Brandon McCarthy
SP ATL
2 weeks ago

McCarthy (5-3) took the loss against the Dodgers, giving up four earned runs on five hits over 4.2 innings, striking out four and walking one as the Braves fell 7-3 on Friday.

EDGE Analysis

McCarthy's last three starts are a good illustration of his season so far, as he's sandwiched one quality start that saw him notch seven strikeouts in between two poor efforts in which he gave up nine earned runs in 10 innings. His 5.03 ERA and 1.49 WHIP suggest that unpredictable nature seems likely to persist throughout the season, making McCarthy a fundamentally risky fantasy play until there are signs of more consistency from start to start.

Brandon McCarthy
SP ATL
3 weeks ago

McCarthy allowed five runs on nine hits with two strikeouts through 5.1 innings in a no-decision Monday against the Mets.

EDGE Analysis

McCarthy couldn't miss bats Monday, as he induced just three swinging strikes on 85 pitches. Although McCarthy has been mostly solid, having allowed three runs or less in all but three of his starts, his collapses in those three bad starts have been epic. He has now allowed five, six and eight runs in his three worst starts, good for a whopping 59 percent of McCarthy's 32 total earned runs allowed. While that might make the prospect of good McCarthy enticing, his inconsistency -- and the stiff penalty for guessing wrong on which day will be his good one -- limits McCarthy's value heavily in a fantasy context.

Brandon McCarthy
SP ATL
1 month ago

McCarthy (4-2) gave up six runs on 11 hits in Friday's loss to the Marlins, striking out three and walking two in five innings.

EDGE Analysis

This was the second consecutive loss for McCarthy, allowing 14 runs across the last 8.1 innings. In the first six starts of the season, McCarthy had gone at least five innings and allowed no more than three runs. With the rough outing, the right-hander's ERA has swelled to 5.58 and opponents are hitting .331 off him. He'll look to get things right in his next start against the Cubs at home.

Brandon McCarthy
SP ATL
2 months ago

McCarthy (4-1) took the loss against the Giants on Saturday, surrendering eight runs on 12 hits and a walk over 3.1 innings while striking out two.

EDGE Analysis

He was able to escape the first inning unscathed after getting Buster Posey to ground into a double play, but after that nothing seemed to work for McCarthy, who managed only four swinging strikes in his 78 pitches (53 strikes). The 34-year-old will get a chance to shave down his 4.84 ERA in his next start Friday in Miami.

Brandon McCarthy
SP ATL
2 months ago

McCarthy (4-0) was credited with the win Sunday against the Phillies. He allowed one run on five hits and three walks while striking out six over 5.1 innings.

EDGE Analysis

McCarthy needed 96 pitches to work through his 5.1 frames but was able to turn things over to the bullpen with the Braves holding a 6-1 lead. The 34-year-old currently owns a strong 3.09 ERA but has notched just 31 strikeouts over 37.1 innings and has pitched long enough to qualify for a quality start in just one of his six starts this season. He's been a nice asset for the Braves during the season's first month but doesn't provide much upside in the fantasy realm. He'll take on the Giants on Friday.

Brandon McCarthy
SP ATL
2 months ago

McCarthy allowed five runs (three earned) on six hits while walking one and striking out one across five innings Tuesday against the Reds. He did not factor into the decision.

EDGE Analysis

McCarthy didn't allow any big blows until surrendering back-to-back home runs to Joey Votto and Scooter Gennett that earned him the hook after just 67 pitches. The rest of his outing was fairly efficient and he continued to show the ability to get ahead of batters and pound the strike zone as 47 of his 67 pitches went for strikes. That formula has led to decent ratios in the early going, but his 6.41 K/9 means batters make a lot of contact against him leading to wide variability in results.

Brandon McCarthy
SP ATL
2 months ago

McCarthy (3-0) held Philadelphia to one run on five hits and two walks with six strikeouts over 5.1 innings to pick up the win Wednesday night.

EDGE Analysis

McCarthy had a scare with a partial dislocation of his left shoulder over the past week, but it sure didn't look like it was impacting him Wednesday. He induced seven ground balls and fired 16 first-pitch strikes to 21 hitters as he stuck to his crisp and efficient game plan. McCarthy was limited to 88 pitches despite his effectiveness, but Atlanta likely wanted to play it safe with his shoulder given last week's issues.

Brandon McCarthy
SP ATL
2 months ago

McCarthy (shoulder) will start Wednesday's game against the Phillies.

EDGE Analysis

McCarthy's scheduled start originally fell Tuesday, but with Sunday's game against the Cubs postponed, the entire rotation got shifted back a day. Despite partially dislocating his shoulder in his last start, the veteran is expected to be 100 percent heading into his matchup with Vince Velasquez on Wednesday.