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Shaun Marcum: NLCS Game 6 “the biggest of my career”

Oct 16, 2011, 3:08 PM EDT

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Brewers right-hander Shaun Marcum is well aware of what’s at stake in Sunday night’s NLCS Game 6 against the Cardinals. He never made it to the postseason during his five years with the Blue Jays and has struggled mightily in his first two October outings for Milwaukee. The guy needs to rebound.

“It’s exciting,” Marcum told ESPN’s Amy K. Nelson after a light team workout on Saturday afternoon. “It’s definitely the biggest game of my career.”

Marcum allowed seven earned runs in just 4 2/3 innings during a start against the Diamondbacks in the NLDS and surrendered five earned runs in just four innings in Game 2 of the NLCS against St. Louis. For the postseason, he’s sporting a 12.46 ERA.

But Marcum told Nelson that he’s “used to getting beat up” from his days in the American League East and believes he has an altered game plan that will help him find success Sunday night at Miller Park. It’s about locating first with his fastball, then changing speeds on the Cardinals’ hot-hitting lineup.

“I feel great, actually,” Marcum said Saturday. “Arm feels good, body feels good. It’s just matter of going out there and locating and keeping the ball down, throwing strikes to stay ahead of the hitters.”

First pitch is scheduled for just after 8:00 p.m. ET on TBS. Craig will be hosting a live chat here on HBT.

  1. cur68 - Oct 16, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    He’s really pouring the pressure on himself, isn’t he? Prediction time; folds like a cheap suit out there today. I really hope I’m wrong and he can do what he says but I’ve seen too much of this guy’s lack of starch with the Blue Jays. His fastball is only fast in relationship to Jamie Moyer’s and he needs Greg Maddux type control to get guys out. Adding the pressure isn’t going to help.

    If he gets a wide strike zone he can be very good, but I think he should go with the Smoltz pine tar solution. Is his only chance really.

    • cur68 - Oct 16, 2011 at 9:30 PM

      Too bad. Folded like a cheap suit, poor kid. Well, he;s got team mates so lets see…

  2. Kyle - Oct 16, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    Here’s hoping the change is dancing and he pitches well tonight. He had a great season and I’d love to see him back it up when it matters most.

  3. t3dstrik3r - Oct 16, 2011 at 8:50 PM

    How’d that work out for ya, Shaun?

  4. henryd3rd - Oct 17, 2011 at 5:42 AM

    Can he spell “Choke”? The entire team choked and Fielder didn’t help himself in with his impending free agent status, he’d better stay in Milwaukee where the denizens are very forgiving. Can you imagine him in Chicago or New York coming up weak in pressure situations?

  5. zoellner25 - Oct 17, 2011 at 8:48 AM

    I’m a Brewers fan, a very disappointed and embarrassed one today. Marcum did choke. He was good for 5 months, then just totally sucked. Injured? nobody knows. but completely out of gas, overmatched, and unable to locate or get anyone out? YES!

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