In a matchup of two of the worst teams in the National League, the Chicago Cubs beat the New York Mets handily to begin a three-game series. Shaun Marcum continued to struggled, as the Cubs struck early on a first inning home run by Nate Schierholtz and then took a comfortable lead an inning later on a three-run triple by David DeJesus.
As usual, the Mets were unable to erase the deficit after falling behind by five runs early in the game. They did have a few opportunities to cut into Chicago’s lead and get back in the game, but outside of two run-scoring hits by Daniel Murphy, the Mets were unable to drive in runners in when they were in scoring position. Despite a rough season, Cubs starter Edwin Jackson was effective against the Mets, allowing just one earned run in six or more innings for the second consecutive start.
As for Marcum, he struggled yet again, making his first start since pitching eight strong innings in relief during the Mets 20-inning loss to the Miami Marlins last weekend. Although he eventually settled in and made it to the sixth inning, Marcum’s slow start doomed the Mets by giving them a hole too deep for their offense to dig out of.
Marcum, who remains winless on the season, picked up his eighth loss of the season, as 2013 continues to be a nightmare for him. With his struggles this season, except for his unusual effectiveness in two outings as a relief pitcher, perhaps the Mets should consider moving Marcum to the bullpen full time when top prospect Zack Wheeler joins the rotation next week.
The Mets won’t be shocked when Marcum reaches a double-digit loss total, but they also expected him to give them a double-digit win total as well, which doesn’t appear to be a likely possibility at this time. In this game, like so many other games this season, Marcum failed to give the Mets much of a chance to win the game, and tonight, it was the Cubs that were able to take advantage.