"I was fascinated by the idea of that many smart cooks in a kitchen," McCarthy said. "How was that going to work? How does that manifest itself in terms of their player decision?"
After pitching his first game for the Dodgers on Sunday, McCarthy said he was also looking forward to what the team's analytics department could tell him about himself.
"I try and be diligent in my work and see things, but we all have blind spots," said McCarthy, who was charged with a run and two hits in a 4-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.
When reflecting on the improvements he made last year after a midseason trade from the
"They gave me, basically, a dossier of myself," McCarthy said. "They said, 'Listen, when you were good, this is what you were doing, this is what you haven't been doing since you've been bad.'"
He started throwing his four-seam fastball with greater frequency. He mixed in more cutters.
The results were almost immediate.
McCarthy was 3-10 with a 5.18 earned-run average in 18 starts with the Diamondbacks last season. He was 7-5 with a 2.89 ERA in 14 starts with the Yankees.
"The whole time in Arizona, I felt so pent up that I was way better than I was showing and I knew my command was still there and stuff was all there and there was nothing going on other than I just kept giving up hits," he said. "It kind of ran past the point of a joke. I knew that all it was going to take was a little shift, someone seeing something that I wasn't seeing and I think I would be fine, and that was the case."
His performance with the Yankees helped him land a four-year, $48-million contract with the Dodgers. McCarthy said the front office was "a pretty big factor" in his decision to sign with them.
"I didn't think they would let me slide down to an end where, if I was physically able to perform, they would let me get bad without me knowing," he said.
The lineup the Dodgers will field Monday against the
With the designated-hitter rule in effect, the Dodgers will play both rookie Joc Pederson and
"You see the length there," Mattingly said.
The Dodgers will face former All-Star