Originally written June 15, 2013 on Mets360.com:
The conventional wisdom is that the Mets ultimately will move Jeremy Hefner to the bullpen when Zack Wheeler becomes one of the starting five. However, Shaun Marcum continues to build his case for being dropped from the rotation. After pitching masterfully out of the bullpen in his previous appearance, Marcum got knocked around by the Cubs Friday night, as his ERA rose to 5.43 for the season. In his last nine starts, Hefner has a 3.38 ERA with a 3.1 K/BB ratio. There’s no justifiable reason to remove him from the starting rotation. Yet you hear people repeat over and over again that he fits better in the bullpen. It makes no sense, especially when Marcum is not giving the team a chance to win on anything remotely approaching a regular basis. Hefner has made 12 starts this year and has 8 QS, meaning he’s given the team a chance to win two-thirds of the time. Meanwhile, Marcum has started eight times and has two Quality Starts, giving the team a reasonable chance to win only ...
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