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Marcum exits early in Game 6

Posted on: October 16, 2011 8:54 pm
Shaun Marcum

By C. Trent Rosecrans

MILWAUKEE -- Before Game 6 of the NLCS on Sunday, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said the decision to start a struggling Shaun Marcum was "the right decision."

And it was. For the Cardinals.

Marcum was booed as he walked off the mound in the first inning, giving up four runs before his team took a single swing of the bat.

Even before David Freese hit a three-run homer, Roenicke had LaTroy Hawkins warming up in the bullpen. It took two very good defensive plays (and a questionable call by home plate umpire Mike Winters) to get the first two outs of the inning, as Marcum gave up a single to Jon Jay, a walk to Albert Pujols, an RBI single to Lance Berkman and Freese's homer in a four-run first. Marcum needed 27 pitches to get out of the inning.

Yuniesky Betancourt made a good running play on a popup by leadoff man Rafael Furcal in short left to start the inning before giving up a single to Jay. Jay stole second, and then after Pujols walked, Berkman singled and took second when Brewers center fielder Nyjer Morgan overthrew his cutoff man in a futile attempt to get Pujols at third.

The Brewers seemed to get the break they needed when Holliday hit a weak grounder back to the mound and Marcum scooped the ball to catcher Jonathan Lucroy to get Pujols at the plate. While the throw beat Pujols (barely), Lucroy tagged his back leg after his front leg had crossed the plate.

There wasn't much time to dwell on that, as Freese hit the first pitch he saw from Marcum over the fence in left. To give St. Louis a 4-0 lead.

Left-hander Chris Narveson started the second with the Brewers trailing 4-1 (Milwaukee's run came on a Corey Hart leadoff homer).

In three postseason starts, Marcum is on the hook for his third loss and pitched 9 2/3 innings, allowing 17 hits and 16 earned runs, good for a 14.90 ERA. 

"I really feel good about this decision," Roenicke said before the game. "Whether he pitches well tonight or whether he gets hit a little bit, this is the right decision. For this ball club, it's the right decision. And I've had many conversations with a lot of people in this organization that have been with us all year. This is definitely the right decision.

"It doesn't mean that he's going to go out and have a great game. I expect him to. I think he's definitely capable of doing it. He has not liked the way he's pitched the last couple of games. And I think he's going to have a good game today."

Roenicke was wrong, but his reasoning in sticking with Marcum was that he didn't want to go with Yovani Gallardo on short rest, and if he did, he had few other choices for a starter in Game 7.

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Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: October 18, 2011 12:31 pm

Hind sight is a wonderful thing...

We can sit here now, and talk about how smart we are; but what's the point, really?  --Marcum is a good pitcher, but should not have been given the ball, simply because the Cards had too much confidence facing him.  THAT is the only reason that he should not have started --he should have been passed, in this one case.  Even Narveson would have been a better choice, because he likely would not have given-up the 4 runs right off.  The game was over after the first inning.  The Cards took the crowd out of it, right away, and that was the story.  ---The other question mark that I had was the one about McGhee.  I can see that Hairston is playing better, but why was he not played a few games, anyhow?  That had to have had other affects, teamwise --because he has many close friends on the team.  There must have been more to that than we know about; because if it were just about play, then it was flat-out wrong.  He should have playd more than that. 

Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: October 17, 2011 10:54 pm

Marcum exits early in Game 6

This is why Ron R. will never be a good manager. He could see that Marcun has stunk it up for the last 5 weeks. But instead of going out on a limb, he sticks with a pitcher who cannot get anybody out. RR has been the same all year. No matter what decision he made in spring training, he would stick with it all year. How stupid is that. His insistance on keeping Loe as his set-up man, even when he would lose multiple game, blowing saves, and would still have been there if they hadn't got K-Rod. Their 3rd baseman who cannot hit of field all year. Then 3 days before the playoffs he makes a change, instead of doing it a few weeks before. Not having Greinke start the 6th game and Narveson the 5th would have made perfect sence, but not for Ron R. He cannot feel what is going on, he only sees what is before his face. THAT is why he will never be a good manager, no feel for the game.

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: October 17, 2011 9:30 am

Marcum exits early in Game 6

Ron Roenicke was outmanaged in every way by the LaRussa/Duncan use many relievers system. Roenicke shouldn`t have ruled out Gallardo and had him sit in the bullpen to at least give the threat of one decent pitcher.  As Naverson was getting mashed it was so obvious he had to be taken out. Starting Marcum wasn`t a bad call b/c he re4ally had no other choice. No reason to baby Marcum or say he`s not used to pitching this late in the season. What the hell is that excuse??? Sure Toronto stinks, but Doug Fister went from non-contender to October stage alright. Sad to see as Fielder is purely motivated by $ and will be gone. Grienke is the starter that you expect & need more from, but he`s happier in a non preasure setting like Krappy City...ERR Kansas City. Also worth questioning is why you`d ever pitch to Pujols??  Is David Freese really that good?

Since: Oct 5, 2008
Posted on: October 17, 2011 7:34 am
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Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: October 17, 2011 4:37 am

Marcum exits early in Game 6

You mean the Cardinals aren't whining?  I can't believe it!  They'll be whining after Texas gets through with them.

Since: Dec 23, 2009
Posted on: October 17, 2011 12:05 am

Marcum exits early in Game 6

I feel a bit bad for marcum.  He should never have been started.  He isn't used to playing this late in the year and it was clear from the last month he was gassed.  Narveson should have started.  

Since: Sep 28, 2011
Posted on: October 16, 2011 11:22 pm

Marcum exits early in Game 6

There we go this series is over, it should've been on Friday

Since: Jun 15, 2011
Posted on: October 16, 2011 10:11 pm

Marcum exits early in Game 6

Where's Tony Plush now????

Showboaters always get put in their place, and Milwaukee's getting theirs right now.  Great to see.  Just Play The Game!


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