If you were a starting pitcher who was looking to bounce back after injury problems and wanted to prove that you could still pitch with the best of the best, then signing with a team in a hitters ballpark could be the best challenge.
For Shaun Marcum, the Philadelphia Phillies and their ballpark may be the best fit. Not only is Citizens Bank Park a launching pad, it has also been the home of some dominant pitching performances over the past couple of seasons.
According to CSN Philly, Phillies’ general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. says that his team is ‘in the mix’ to sign a low-risk, high-reward starting pitcher to help fill out the rotation.
Some names that have been thrown around with this rumor are Jonathan Sanchez, Rich Harden, Daisuke Matsuzaka, and Marcum.
When you look at a pitcher’s make up and their ‘stuff’, all signs point to Marcum being the best fit in Philadelphia. He is not a flashy pitcher that throws in the high-90s, but his fastball does get up around 86-89 mph.
Ever since Marcum has moved to the National League via trade, he has utilized his off speed pitches more than usual. In fact, Marcum has lowered his straight fastball percentage by about ten percent. He has also utilized his cutter more in the NL than in the AL. This has led him to use his off speed pitches by working off his fastball, which, in turn, has led to continued success in the Senior Circuit.
Not only does his own development increase his chances of continuing his success, but also being able to play along side the three-headed monster of Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay, and Cole Hamels could help Marcum develop his pitching even more.
If Amaro wants to take a chance on a low-risk, high-reward player, then Marcum could be a perfect fit to round out the 2013 rotation.
David A. Cattai is the Featured Writer for the Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Flyers, MLB, NHL, and NFL with Rant Sports & Featured Beat Writer covering the Philadelphia Phillies and Philadelphia sports for Buzz On Broad.