McCarthyisms: Comfortable at Coors Field
Brandon McCarthy grew up in Colorado Springs, and went to Lamar Community College. He's not intimidated by altitude and cold. Even a sub-freezing temperature didn't deter him.
“Today felt like high school baseball," he said after allowing three runs in six innings of the Braves 8-3 victory. "I don’t mind pitching in cold, because I guess I got used to it growing up. It’s been a while since I’ve played in it, but I think it kind of sticks with you. It’s much easier for the pitcher than it is for the hitter, so I just kept that in mind when I got loose.”
Maybe the cold was a benefit for McCarthy. The victory on Friday was his first in four career appearances at Coors Field.
Not only did McCarthy earn a victory at Coors Field, but he also delivered a two-run double. He now has seven hits and seven RBI in his big-league career. It was his second career hit at Coors Field -- his first big-league hit came against Tyler Chatwood on Sept. 13, 2013 at Coors Field.
McCarthy is the epitome of a pitcher hitting. His career .058 batting average is the fourth lowest among active pitchers with 100 career at-bats. He is just ahead of Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis, who went into Saturday night's start against the Braves a career .057 hitter.
McCarthy is much more a pitcher than a hitter. He has been hitless in six of the 10 years in which he has had an at-bat. In the four other seasons, he has had one hit each time.