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The Tom
05-22-2005, 11:30 PM
I was moving into a new apartment for my internship in Twin Falls, ID and I didn't get to watch McCarthy's debut. What was he hitting on the gun? How did he look? Any expert comments?

Nellie_Fox
05-23-2005, 01:37 AM
I would have commented, but you asked for expert opinions.:redneck

He gone
05-23-2005, 08:50 AM
No expert here either, but I did watch the game and Brandon was hitting the low 90's. He pitched rather well and I wish Ozzie would have let him finish the 6th inning. He wasn't fazzed at all by the big crowd.

The Tom
05-23-2005, 09:16 AM
Sorry guys, I guess the questions weren't clear. The any expert comments was meant to be a separate question from the other two. I'm looking for any comments at all.

ondafarm
05-23-2005, 10:49 AM
McCarthy kept the Cubs pretty much off-balance with only two pitches, his fastball and his slider. I didn't see any change-ups and I think he used more of a curve grip on some of his sliders. Although DJ seemed down on his effort, I think it was great game calling by A.J. The kid was a little pumped up and if there is one pitch that is going to sail on a pumped up kid, it's his change. His hard stuff was working and only Ramirez seemed to have him pegged. Lee was getting to him and honestly, I think Ozzie made the right move yanking him when he did. Second guessing, okay maybe it was wrong to bring Vizcaino in. Relief pitchers have off days to and he didn't pitch that bad. But Viz did get the loss. McCarthy did a heck of a job and I look forward to his next effort against Texas.

34 Inch Stick
05-23-2005, 01:17 PM
I thought he did very well. As expected he had trouble early. However, he worked through the trouble relatively untouched. He was getting better as the game wore on. I was sitting just off center from home plate and only about 15 rows back. He was absolutely fooling some of those hitters. While overall it was not a HOF performance I think there were a lot of positives you could take out of this. I feel good about his future.

na_na_na_na
05-23-2005, 02:18 PM
McCarthy did really well on Sunday. He looked in control and was hitting his spots. The factor that is being most overlooked about this start that impressises me is that he is a born and raised sox fan who gets his first start against the cubs best pitcher in 10 years. What south-side kid didn't dream of this situation.

He comes out and is just nasty. For a 21 year old southsider there would only be one bigger game to start and that's in the WS.

Randar68
05-23-2005, 07:44 PM
McCarthy kept the Cubs pretty much off-balance with only two pitches, his fastball and his slider. I didn't see any change-ups and I think he used more of a curve grip on some of his sliders.

Well, that would be great if McCarthy threw a slider... which he doesn't. Fastball, Curve, and Change. That's it. He adds and subtracts on the fastball and get's a lot of movement inside to righties when he drops it into the 88 mph range...

Randar68
05-23-2005, 07:45 PM
McCarthy did really well on Sunday. He looked in control and was hitting his spots. The factor that is being most overlooked about this start that impressises me is that he is a born and raised sox fan who gets his first start against the cubs best pitcher in 10 years. What south-side kid didn't dream of this situation.

He comes out and is just nasty. For a 21 year old southsider there would only be one bigger game to start and that's in the WS.

Brandon McCarthy is from Southern California, not the South Side.

California Sox
05-23-2005, 08:02 PM
Brandon McCarthy is from Southern California, not the South Side.

With a little Colorado Springs thrown in for flavor.

owensmouth
05-23-2005, 08:09 PM
Of the sixteen outs he got, six were strikeouts, one was a failed bunt, and nine were popups/fly outs. No ground outs off his pitching.

Randar68
05-23-2005, 08:21 PM
Of the sixteen outs he got, six were strikeouts, one was a failed bunt, and nine were popups/fly outs. No ground outs off his pitching.

He's a bit of a flyball pitcher, and frankly, when I walked into Wrigley and saw the wind blowing out, I figured he'd have given up 2-3 wind-blown HR's int he game... I thought he did a great job...

owensmouth
05-23-2005, 08:42 PM
He's a bit of a flyball pitcher, and frankly, when I walked into Wrigley and saw the wind blowing out, I figured he'd have given up 2-3 wind-blown HR's int he game... I thought he did a great job...We're in total agreement. I just hope he never needs a double play.

Daver
05-23-2005, 08:49 PM
Well, that would be great if McCarthy threw a slider... which he doesn't. Fastball, Curve, and Change. That's it. He adds and subtracts on the fastball and get's a lot of movement inside to righties when he drops it into the 88 mph range...

He gets a lot of movement on his fastball, and can cut it both ways. He needs to develop it, it is not all there yet.

whitesoxwilkes
05-23-2005, 09:25 PM
He works the inside corner really well at all speeds, which is great for a youngster--shows he's not afraid to claim ownership of the plate.

White Sox Josh
05-23-2005, 09:50 PM
He was very good and the thing that I was really impressed with was his composure. He looked like he was a 10-year MLB pitcher.

The Tom
05-24-2005, 10:28 PM
Well, that would be great if McCarthy threw a slider... which he doesn't. Fastball, Curve, and Change. That's it. He adds and subtracts on the fastball and get's a lot of movement inside to righties when he drops it into the 88 mph range...

Do you think McCarthy will need to add another pitch, or does he change speed and movement well enough to be successful with his fastball. Also, how far away is his change and how good is his curve? What is his velocity potential?

Randar68
05-24-2005, 11:10 PM
Do you think McCarthy will need to add another pitch, or does he change speed and movement well enough to be successful with his fastball. Also, how far away is his change and how good is his curve? What is his velocity potential?

Nah, I don't think he needs another pitch because of the way he changes speeds, works to both sides of the plate, etc.

The more he continues to use/develop the change the better, IMO.

The 2 best pitches in baseball are a well-located fastball and a change-up. The fact he has his curve as his out pitch in addition to the first 2, he's good to go.

Velocity potential? I don't know, he's added a couple mph to his fastball over the past 3 years, and if he fills out in his mid-20's, he could work up to 95 mph relatively often. As it is now, he works from 87/88 up to about 93 on a regular basis.

DaleJRFan
05-26-2005, 01:17 PM
His curve is nasty! he doesn't need a slider. That curve is an out pitch.

Tragg
05-26-2005, 03:44 PM
I thought he was great.
Basically threw strikes.
When he got into jams he kept his compusure and trusted his "Stuff" instead of trying to nibble (which for most young pitchers means walking and/or getting behind in counts and lobbing balls over the plate to avoid walking batters).