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Diamondbacks | Brandon McCarthy needs to change speeds

Arizona Diamondbacks SP Brandon McCarthy, who allowed six runs (four earned) and 10 hits in 6 2/3 innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates Tuesday, April 9, was not discouraged by his second rough outing to begin the year. McCarthy threw plenty of strikes in both of his starts this year, but he hasn't been mixing up his speeds on all of his different pitches enough. "We just have to change the speeds, get some more offspeed pitching there, expand the zone with two strikes. It's just kind of simple stuff that I think we've gotten a little bit away from and a little too comfortable with fastballs."

Fantasy Tip: McCarthy doesn't miss many bats with his stuff, so it's imperative that he keeps hitters off balance to force weak contact. He wasn't able to do that in his first two starts, but there is plenty of time. As long as he can manage to stay healthy, he should be a solid contributor in WHIP.

2013-04-10 13:59:17 | Source: The Arizona Republic - Bob McManaman

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