Originally posted on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 4/19/13
The New York Mets gave up 28 runs in their recent 3-game stint against the Rockies in Colorado.  Sure the air is thin and the bullpen was a big part of the problem, but the team’s starting pitching certainly had it’s share of problems as well. Dillon Gee, Aaron Laffey, and Jon Niese combined allow 10 runs in 14 2/3 innings (6.13 ERA) and left the bullpen to log some serious innings, a task they just weren’t up to.  Scott Atchison pitched two scoreless innings Tuesday night but imploded working his second straight game on Thursday, allowing 3 runs without recording an out.  The bullpen definitely has issues, but help won’t just come via the return of Frank Francisco and/or Pedro Feliciano, it will come by way of the starters working deeper into games. One guy the Mets were hoping to get some quality innings from this season was Shaun Marcum, currently on the disabled list with nerve inflammation in his neck.  The 31-year-old could be on course to make his Mets debut by the end of the month after turning in an impressive rehab performance yesterday in Port St. Lucie. #bbpBox_324956563519463424 a { text-decoration:none; color:#0084B4; }#bbpBox_324956563519463424 a:hover { text-decoration:underline; } Marcum threw 41 pitches in an extended spring game today in PSL. 4 ip, 0 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 5 strikeouts. about 21 hours ago via Osfoora HDReplyRetweetFavorite @MarcCarig Marc Carig According to Jorge Castillo of the Star-Ledger, the plan could be to have Marcum make one more rehab appearance before joining the team on April 27: Photo by Michael G. Baron Barring a setback, he is expected to throw 85 to 90 pitches in an outing next week Mets manager Terry Collins said this morning. Marcum, who signed a one-year, $4 million contract in January, could then join the Mets in time for April 27 — the next time the Mets’ fifth starter is scheduled to pitch. Collins said Marcum is not experiencing any discomfort from the setbacks he suffered during spring training, including an impingement in his neck, and only needs to built up arm strength. “He’s got to get to 90 pitches,” Collins said. “When that is, it all depends. Each and every game might be different.” The Mets need Marcum back, they need him to be good, they need him to pitch deep into games, and they need him to stay healthy.  Oh, also, they need him to bat for Ike Davis and teach Ruben Tejada how to make a throw to first base.  In short, they need a miracle.
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