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Marcum gets Opening Day nod after sitting out '09

Mar 22, 2010, 1:41 PM EDT

Cito Gaston announced that Shaun Marcum will be the Blue Jays’ Opening Day starter, which is noteworthy given that he missed all of last season following Tommy John elbow surgery.
Roy Halladay started each of the past seven Opening Days for the Blue Jays, but he’ll be taking the mound for the Phillies in Game 1 this season and with 64 career starts Marcum actually has the most experience in Toronto’s post-Halladay rotation.
He’ll face the Rangers on April 5, and as Ed Price of Fanhouse points out Marcum may not be the only Opening Day starter who didn’t throw a pitch in 2009 if Ben Sheets of the A’s or Jake Westbrook of the Indians get the nod as well.
Jordan Bastian of MLB.com notes that as of now Carl Pavano for the Yankees in 2007 and Scott Erickson for the Orioles in 2002 are the only pitchers since 2000 to start on Opening Day after missing all of the previous season. Pavano and Erickson combined to win just six games in those two seasons, so hopefully things go a little better for Marcum.
In those 64 career starts he’s 23-15 with a 3.85 ERA and 277/121 K/BB ratio in 362.2 innings.

  1. Tom - Mar 22, 2010 at 1:54 PM

    The fact that Carl Pavano actually started Opening Day for the Yankees in 2007 (payroll of $190m) should put to rest anyone saying that Brian Cashman is a good GM.

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