With most teams in baseball, their progress and success hinges on starting pitching. The Diamondbacks have a solid staff from top to bottom without having that intimidating ace where you can just pencil in at least a quality start if not a win each time he takes the hill. Wade Miley was close to that last year, and Ian Kennedy-likely the team’s opening day starter for the third consecutive year- surely was that in 2011, yet not at all in 2012.
A guy the D’backs could really see some success from is right handed pitcher Brandon McCarthy. McCarthy was acquired via free agency this off season signing a two year $15.5 million deal after playing his last two seasons with the Oakland A’s. General Manager Kevin Towers and Co. must have seen something they liked with the 29 year old as they brought him over as the highest paid starter on the club.
Now, speaking statistically only, McCarthy has shown some success over the last two years playing in Oakland dropping his ERA by more than a full run (4.62 to 3.32) from his last year in Texas. He has also cut down on his walks and has allowed 1.6/9 innings over the last two seasons while keeping his strikeouts per nine innings around 6.2. For a reference, Cahill has averaged over three walks per nine innings over the same time period. Again, all solid without the eye popping numbers.