The Braves and the Dodgers made a fascinating trade before the season that essentially served both teams’ financial interests that sent Matt Kemp to the Dodgers and the Braves got multiple less than favorable 2018 contracts back in return. One of those contracts was that of Brandon McCarthy who ended up pitching quite a bit in the Braves’ rotation before his season, and likely his career, ended with an injury.
Brandon McCarthy has been in the league since 2005 and has had varying degrees of success. When healthy, he has been able to produce on the mound as a back of the rotation type with some upside for more than that. However, health has always been an issue for him as he has eclipsed 120 innings only three times in his career and the last time that happened was in 2014.
That trend continued in 2018 as McCarthy only managed 78.2 innings in 2018 while posting a 4.92 ERA and striking out 65 batters while walking 21. McCarthy had some good starts in the early parts of the season, but those good starts became fewer and farther between as the season progressed. By the end of June, he was on the disabled list with knee tendinitis and was placed on the 60 day disabled list at the end of July.
The 2018 season appears to be the last McCarthy will play in the major leagues as he indicated that he would retire at the conclusion of the season. This obviously answers some questions about whether or not he would be around for the 2019 with the Braves (which was already very unlikely even if he did not decide to retire), but hopefully he enjoys the time with his family and continues to operate his 80 grade Twitter account.
Bottom line, what did he do in 2018? Posted a 4.92 ERA in 78.2 innings (15 starts) with 65 strikeouts and 21 walks.
Will he be on the 2019 roster? Nope. Like I said, he announced that he was going to retire which means he likely won’t be on any roster. If for whatever reason he decides to return to baseball in 2019, there are too many starting pitching options for the Braves as it stands now. There is basically zero chance that the Braves pick up his option for 2019 in that case.
What will he do in 2019? Enjoy time with his family, reflect on a long career in Major League Baseball which is no small feat, and continue to roast people on Twitter.