A little over a month ago, Brandon McCarthy was sent back down the AAA Charlotte before the All-Star break because the White Sox wouldn't need a 5th starter until 5 games after the break, and it was clear that McCarthy wasn't ready for the show. Fast forward 6 weeks, and it appears that McCarthy is a changed man.
When McCarthy was making those 5 starts for the White Sox, he was pretty much only a 2-pitch pitcher. He could throw the fastball(straight) and curveball for strikes, but didn't have the confidence or command to get the change up over the plate to fool big league hitters. According to FutureSox, Brandon has worked on the change and has added a new pitch to his arsenal.
The problem was magnified as Brandon had begun working a 2 seam fastball into his arsenal around the same time the "tipping" was brought to him. Brandon is still adjusting to the 2-seam fastball, but it's a pitch that will give him a little extra ammo, next time he's in the majors.
So with a double header on the Horizon against the Texas Rangers, who have lit McCarthy up twice, will the Sox turn to him a third time? If I was to guess I would say no. They have proven time and time again that they pay little-to-no attention to minor league numbers when they have a need to fill. (e.g. Gload, Bajenaru) Add to that, the Chicago Tribune speculates that lil' Arnie Munoz may get the nod because of his left handedness.
Triple-A Charlotte pitcher Brandon McCarthy (7-7) has been pounded twice by the Rangers, but he struck out 10 and allowed one run in 72/3 innings Tuesday in a 5-1 victory over Toledo.
Other candidates include Felix Diaz (6-7) and left-hander Arnie Munoz (7-13), as well as Double-A Birmingham's Sean Tracey (13-5). All four are on the 40-man roster.
Texas' predominately left-handed-hitting lineup could mean Munoz gets extra consideration.