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Brandon McCarthy Named Opening Day Starter

February 28, 2012

What a difference a year makes. This time last year, I wrote about Brandon McCarthy‘s quest to be the A’s fifth starter saying,

“I like the break on Brandon McCarthy‘s curve yesterday and think he is the favorite [to win the fifth starter job] with [Rich] Harden out, so despite allowing the run, he still looks to be in the lead.”

Today Joe Stiglich of the Contra Costa Times wrote,

“McCarthy was announced as the A’s opening day starter Tuesday, a move that had been expected since spring training began.”

McCarthy fully deserved to be the Opening Day starter regardless of the fact that he is the only one of the six top innings throwers for the A’s in 2010 to still be on the club/and or ready to pitch. He led A’s pitchers (and players) with 4.7 WAR, while posting an A’s record 4.92 K/BB striking out 6.5 per nine, while allowing  only 1.3 BB/9 helping him to an American League best 2.86 FIP. He will stand atop the hill to begin the A’s season as they take on the Seattle Mariners one month from today in Tokyo.

Stiglich’s post highlights that Bob Melvin has named Bartolo Colon the starter for game two of that set in Tokyo and that the three remaining slots are very much up for grabs. In other rotation related news, today on MLBTradeRumors.com in a piece on Super-Two status and arbitration-eligibility down the line, Ben Nicholson-Smith highlighted that the A’s can keep Jarrod Parker and Brad Peacock under team control through 2018 if they aren’t called up until “early May” and “late May” respectively and that to avoid Super-Two status in 2014, they’d need to be held in Sacramento through “late June” and “early July” respectively. These are considerations I hope the club makes even if they may be playing in the greener pastures of San Jose come 2018.

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