Shaun Marcum’s rotation spot could be in jeopardy

Shaun Marcum 1 polaroidLast night, Shaun Marcum allowed six runs in 5 2/3 innings to the Cubs – he fell to 0-8 with a 5.48 ERA in ten appearances and eight starts this season.

Marcum became the fourth pitcher in team history to start a season 0-8; Anthony Young was 0-13 to start 1993, Bob L. Miller was 0-12 to start the 1962 season while John Franco also began the 1998 season with an 0-8 record.

After the game, Terry Collins suggested Marcum’s spot in the rotation could be in jeopardy after the next turn through.

“When it comes down to the time to make the decision, certainly I’m not sure salary is going to have anything to do with it,” Collins explained. “I think we’re going to take the five guys that we need to make sure are the best five to go out there.”

Marcum signed a one-year, $4 million contract before the 2013 season with the ability to earn an additional $4 million in incentives.

Michael Baron, Contributor

Marcum has actually pitched much better recently compared to the way he started. His overall peripheral stats suggest he’s pitched into some bad luck as well, and the team has scored a total of 17 runs in his eight losses this season. That’s not to say he should keep his rotation spot by default, especially with the way both Dillon Gee and Jeremy Hefner have pitched over the last few weeks. And, he has shown an ability to pitch effectively in relief – that alone could make him a candidate to go to the bullpen regardless of how he performs.