The first impression was not a good one for Shaun Marcum, but now he has the opportunity to make amends in a big way.
MARCUM: Gets the ball tonight. (AP)
Marcum, signed to a free-agent contract last winter, did not report to spring training in good shape and tried to convince Terry Collins he only needed four exhibition starts instead of the normal six to get ready for the season. Marcum started the season on the disabled list, and his absence became a focal point as the back end of the Mets rotation became an issue.
Marcum wasn’t sparkling in his return, but with the Mets heading into a tailspin and in a marathon game Monday night in Miami, he volunteered to pitch in relief. He lost, but If nothing else, it caught the attention of his teammates. When reporters asked David Wright about pinch-hitting despite a stiff neck, he deflected the attention to Marcum.
“I would say Shaun Marcum was a much bigger situation, because you don’t see every day starting pitchers go down to the bullpe...