Originally posted on Metstradamus  |  Last updated 5/11/13
Where Have You Gone Andy Van Slyke is probably the best Pirates blog on the interwebs. Here's what Patrick had to say about Friday's matchup beforehand: Shaun Marcum, someone that seemed like a decent fit for the Pirates while the whole Francisco Liriano debacle was happening, is going for the Mets. He dealt with shoulder problems in camp and neck problems after that and in the games he has pitched he's been pretty bad. This is the sort of game that you'd like to see the Pirates win, based on pitching matchup alone. Well that was shot right through the heart of the deer, wasn't it? (I don't condone shooting deer with arrows or bullets or killer rainbows.) Matt Harvey has done some things never before seen in a Mets uniform. Shaun Marcum achieved that tonight, but not in a good way. Marcum has become the first Met to go his first three starts without going five innings. Think about that, we've had guys like Jeff D'Amico, Victor Zambrano, and Julio Valera. And even they went five innings at least once in their first three starts. That takes some sort of ... something. And it could have been worse than six runs in four and 2/3's, as he gave up about 17 straight hits in the second inning, bailed out by Marlon Byrd gunning down Jose Tabata going first to third on a hit, limiting the damage to three runs in the second. He also gave up three runs in the fifth when Garrett Jones hit a two run triple that was turned into a three run dinger after a replay reversal. Angel Hernandez, who will not receive any discipline for his stupidity mainly because he was out-stupided by Fieldin Culbreth, was nowhere in the building to screw up the call. And that was the hit that put Marcum in the Mets record books forever or until somebody worse comes along. (I hope this happens after I die.) I'm getting the feeling that we're all going to gather on the Shea Bridge in ten years saying "Remember Shaun Marcum? That was supposed to be Dickey's replacement!" Then we all laugh until we barf. I'm already anticipating the good times we'll have together. I feel this way because with the anticipation building for Zack Wheeler's imminent call-up, and due to the fact that Wheeler can't replace three guys at once, somebody has to fall behind. That seems to be Marcum after tonight ... the same Shaun Marcum we were all wishing expedited good health to because Aaron Laffey was murderously awful. (Hell, not even Aaron Laffey went three starts as a Met without going five innings ... but that's because he was cut after two starts.) Hopefully Wheeler comes up soon, if only because it will give us all things to talk about instead of Shaun Marcum assaulting the Mets record book, Terry Collins wondering why he can't have Albert Pujols, or whether Jordany Valdespin admiring a meaningless home run land in the Pepsi Porch is bad for the game. And oh, I almost forgot, David Wright's knee is sore after he fouled a pitch off it early in the game. Wright is downplaying it, so I will too. Until of course he wakes up and it's the size of the center field scoreboard and Justin Turner plays third base for the rest of my life. Ike Davis thinks there's no way this could possibly happen, so not to worry.
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