After suffering two straight embarrassing losses at the hands of the Houston Astros, the Yankees were able to salvage one game of the series Thursday afternoon, thanks to Brandon McCarthy. The 31-year-old right hander has been impressive ever since the Yankees acquired him from the Arizona Diamondbacks last month, but this start was unquestionably his best. McCarthy had all his pitches working for him, and just seemed to be in control from the get-go. He would go on to throw a complete game shutout, allowing only four hits, no walks, and recording eight strikeouts in the 3-0 Yankees win.
It was the ninth complete game of his career, and the fourth shutout. Since coming over to the Yankees, McCarthy has been more than they ever could have hoped for, posting a 5-2 record, with a miniscule 1.90 ERA. McCarthy, who is a free agent in the offseason, has already publicly declared his desire to remain a Yankee past this year. If he keeps on pitching the way he has, there’s no reason why he won’t be.