Dodgers: Starting Pitcher Grades for May

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May 31, 2017; St. Louis, MO, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu (99) pitches during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
May 31, 2017; St. Louis, MO, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu (99) pitches during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 15, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy (38) pitches the ball against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports /

B. . . . Brandon McCarthy

Other than Clayton Kershaw and maybe Alex Wood, the Dodgers’ most consistent starter may be Brandon McCarthy. McCarthy had one bad start to begin the month where one bad inning imploded and led to six earned runs against the Giants. He allowed one combined run in his other two May starts and pitched six innings in each of those wins.

Even in his bad start, Brandon McCarthy came within one out of going six innings.  With most of the Dodger starters only being five inning pitchers, McCarthy gives the club a big boost knowing he will most likely go at least six innings.

McCarthy really settled in at home in his last two starts of the month where he allowed five total hits and one earned run against the Marlins and Cubs.

In his last start against the Cubs, he had complete control of the once potent Cubs’ offense and held them scoreless for six innings. If he didn’t have to leave because of a possible knee ailment, then he might have gone seven strong innings at a minimum. Brandon McCarthy is starting to throw the ball well and as a result, earns a B grade for his May work.

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