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Offseason position analysis: No. 5 starter

Updated: October 22, 2009, 9:52 AM ET
By Richard Durrett

2009 Season: Since Brandon McCarthy made the most starts of the remaining group of possibilities for next season (Matt Harrison, Dustin Nippert, etc.), we'll call him the fifth starter.

McCarthy showed he could actually pitch deeper into games. He had six starts in May -- twice going seven innings and a complete-game shutout against Houston. For a guy who hadn't prior gotten past the seventh inning, that was a big deal. McCarthy also changed his delivery to help with his shoulder issues. ...

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