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Shaun Marcum shaky in 2013 debut

Apr 27, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

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Shaun Marcum, fully recovered from a neck injury, made his debut both for the 2013 season and as a Met this afternoon in Queens against the Phillies, but it didn’t go quite as well as he had hoped. The right-hander allowed three runs in the third inning, including allowing a lead-off single to opposing pitcher Jonathan Pettibone, and he uncorked a wild pitch facing Michael Young as well. Manager Terry Collins lifted him after four innings in favor of lefty Robert Carson, who promptly allowed five runs in the fifth.

Speaking to the media after the game, Marcum wasn’t satisfied with his outing. Via ESPN’s Adam Rubin:

“It’s not what I wanted from a statistical standpoint or helping this team,” Marcum said after surrendering three runs on five hits and two walks in a 71-pitch effort over four innings. “I wasn’t very efficient with my pitches there in the second and third inning. My pitch count rose pretty quickly in those two innings.

“As far as health, everything felt pretty good.”

Marcum is a welcome addition to the Mets’ rotation as Dillon Gee and Jeremy Hefner have struggled in their first handful of starts, posting a 5.96 and 5.14 ERA, respectively.

  1. dondada10 - Apr 27, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    I’m just glad HBT decided to use a different photo of Marcum. The one where he looked like he was made of wax was starting to haunt me.

  2. gerard33 - Apr 27, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Thank you dondada! I was going to say that last time they used that pic haha

  3. dirtyharry1971 - Apr 28, 2013 at 3:05 AM

    This was one of those top draft picks the bluejays had that proudly used to brag about. He isnt with the jays anymore, he was never a good prospect, he is a average pitcher who is hurt all the time. Why anyone pays any attention to him is beyond me..

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