When Brandon McCarthy joined the Yankees rotation via trade, McCarthy’s job was simple; replace the Yankees best pitcher in the rotation, Masahiro Tanaka. McCarthy’s response? He went 2-0 with a 1.45 ERA in three starts. Now, McCarthy isn’t trying to replace Tanaka, because he knows there are some things that are just out of his control but he is doing a good job at holding down the fort. He has a certain mindset where he just goes on the mound, pitching for the Yankees every fifth day, taking the reigns and leading them to victory.
“I learned a while ago that it isn’t smart to try to control those things that are beyond your control,” McCarthy said. And of course, he’s right. He was able to control things against the Texas Rangers, the Cincinnati Reds and the Cleveland Indians. Taking care of things that are in his control worked out for him so far.
McCarthy went from being on a team that had no chance making the postseason to a team that’s in contention for at least a wild card spot, and McCarthy admits he loves the pressure.
“It’s a nice feeling,” said McCarthy, who languished with a terrible Diamondbacks team for months and looks clearly revitalized. “It’s the opposite of what I felt earlier in the year, when I was a burden on a team and holding them up. I wanted more pressure. It’s the fight-or-flight thing.”
Bringing the cutter back into his repertoire has helped McCarthy gain confidence and he uses his cutter as part of his game plan. Every time McCarthy goes on the mound, he knows how he’s going to attack hitters and when he does take the mound it’s a joy to watch him putting ..read more