Make no mistake about it the 2012 New York Mets are not going to be an MLB doormat this summer. Friday the team agreed to a one year deal with former Milwaukee Brewers and Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Shaun Marcum. Although he has had injury issues in the past I believe he is a great addition to the Mets starting rotation.
The right-hander will be slotted behind Johan Santana and Jon Neise who both had subpar years for the team in 2012 but, they also showed flashes of greatness including Santana’s no-hitter. Marcum will bring an added dimension to a rotation that was 11th in all of the National League in team ERA with 4.09.
Since undergoing Tommy John surgery and missing the entire 2009 campaign Marcum has not had an ERA above 3.70 also, he has a record of 33-19 since coming to the Brewers in 2010. He did his job in 2012 despite battling elbow tightness that kept him off of the mound for over two months and placed on the disabled list on June 15th.
When healthy Marcum gives third-year manager Terry Collins some consistency and ability in his rotation that the club could definitely use. This may be the year that the Mets finally break .500 as they haven’t won more than 81 games since 2008.
The Mets have also been rumored to have interest in Michael Bourn who would give this team the true leadoff hitter they are missing. If the club does indeed pull the trigger on the speedy centerfielder don’t be surprised if the “other team from New York” makes waves this summer.