Shaun Marcum’s first spring start was uneven

Shaun Marcum 1 polaroidIn yesterday’s 5-3 win over the Nationals, Shaun Marcum allowed three runs in two innings, including a two-run home run to Chris Snyder in the second inning.

Marcum pitched a scoreless first inning, but allowed three runs and three hits in the second inning.

“Any time you take the ball and it’s your first game, you always have a little adrenaline and a little excitement going on,” Marcum explained after his outing. “Other than that, it’s just a normal game and you’ve got to go out there and make your pitches.”

Michael Baron, Contributor

I’m not concerned about Marcum – he’s a professional and a veteran, and as long as he’s healthy, the results are not a big issue. As it always does at Tradition Field, the ball was carrying out to the left-centerfield gap yesterday, and while Snyder’s home run was tagged, the results might have been different elsewhere.

Marcum was clearly working on his change-up, as most of the pitches he threw were of that variety. He simply floated a couple of the second inning and he got burned. In a more meaningful game, he probably would have stayed away from that pitch against Synder in that particular situation. But it’s his first Spring start and, like every other pitcher, he needs to get a feel for his stuff and get it ready for the season.