Blog Entry

Brewers still sticking with Marcum in Game 6

Posted on: October 14, 2011 8:03 pm

ST. LOUIS -- The Brewers win Game 5 here tonight, they're up three games to two and in terrific shape.

They lose, they're down three games to two and in horrific shape.

Excuse the extremes, but with manager Ron Roenicke proclaiming that the Brewers are sticking with Shaun Marcum to start Game 6, there really doesn't seem to be much in between.

"Right now we are set on Game 6," Roenicke said. "I don't know what would come up to change my mind on that, but we talked about it quite a bit and we feel great with Marcum going."

What some folks thing could change Roenicke's mind, and what makes others feel not so great about Marcum starting, is the fact that he's surrendered 30 earned runs in his past 33 innings. Marcum has earned just two wins since Aug. 19.

The Brewers are insistent that Marcum has pitched well but simply run into bad luck.

Opposing hitters seem to be saying otherwise.

Roenicke, on the bad luck angle, said: "Some of it comes from not being quite as sharp. I don't think he's quite as sharp. But he is having bad luck. He'll give up a jam shot base hit, then the next guy will hit a ground ball between somebody and then he'll make a bad pitch and somebody will hit a homer off of him."

Early in the season, Roenicke said, Marcum's stuff was "a little crisper", and the manager insists that Marcum is still "throwing well." He called Marcum "our best pitcher" for the first two months of the season.

"And then I thought he was pretty steady from there on out," Roenicke said. "He still finished with a good year."

Said pitching coach Rick Kranitz: "The command part of his fastball needs to be better, and it needs to be down in the strike zone."

The issue isn't quite as urgent if Milwaukee beats St. Louis in Game 5, because then the Brewers have some wiggle room.

But if the Brewers lose and are facing elimination in Game 6 ... well, it will be interesting to see whether Roenicke sticks with Marcum, or whether his "Right now we are set on Game 6" comment meant right now as in Friday afternoon ... but not on Sunday afternoon.

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: October 15, 2011 12:01 pm

Brewers still sticking with Marcum in Game 6

Even if the Brewers happen to pull a win out in game 6, the cardinals will win game 7. Theres no chance you beat Jackson and Carpenter back to back.  The Cardinals will win one of those games.  Guess Trash talk wasn't the way to go.  Stay Classy Miluwakee.

Since: Sep 7, 2011
Posted on: October 15, 2011 1:13 am

Brewers still sticking with Marcum in Game 6

Hey. Texas. The 1982 world series. St.Louis defeated the Brewers in 7 games not 4 games , kinda makes everything else you say irrelevant.... Just check your facts before spouting off. At the mouth. Lol

Since: Nov 22, 2010
Posted on: October 15, 2011 12:11 am

Brewers still sticking with Marcum in Game 6

I can't stand it when I am right on with the Brewers issues, once again the defense fails and the achilles heel is almost blown out.  How in the heck can you make a gold glove catch at third and then in the next at bat let it go between your legs?  Weeks must be getting paid off to lose this series because his defense is plorable.  If Marcum starts on Sunday the series is over and once again St Louis takes the Brewers down, rewind to 1982 when the Brewers lost to St Louis in 4 games in the World Series.  How pathetic can so many players implode so quickly, Hart, Weeks, Fielder, Morgan, Marcum and Grienke as well as the manager Roenecke.  Very disappointing, I think Naveson or Yovani as this is due or die and you can't think about game 7 if you lose game 6.  Yo only went 5 innings so he could easily go 5 on Sunday, what else do they have.  Starting Marcum is a bad manager decision he does not give you a chance to win and with the defense playing so poorly it does not set the defense up for success.  I could manage this team based on the poor decision making Roenecke is making.

Since: Aug 28, 2009
Posted on: October 14, 2011 11:07 pm

Brewers still sticking with Marcum in Game 6

This is a sad week to be a Brewer fan.  So close, just to be sabotaged by poor managing.  If Roenicke doesn't start an old, slow centerfielder that hardly plays behind his ace, they win game 3.  He not only lost that game, but basically told Gallardo that he is not an ace in Roenicke's book.  His justification about how they needed more bats against Carpenter was another way of saying that he didn't think Yo would shut the Cardinals down.  Now starting Marcum in an elimination game just cuts too close to the Suppan wound.  It is hard to have any confidence that you are going to win with a starter that is throwing glorified BP.  I hope that I am terribly wrong, but being a real Brewer fan means that you are conditioned to expect diappointment and a sick empty feeling in the end.  All this while listening to Marco freakin' Estrada pitching the eighth in a huge game.  Two walks and a throwing error so far.  Roenicke is a moron.

Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2011 10:31 pm

Brewers still sticking with Marcum in Game 6

No matter how you look at it, this is not a good move by Roenicke. Sure, he could prove us all wrong and Marcum could have a stellar game, but to me, if the Brewers lose this one tonight (down 5-1 now), you won't have to worry about seeing Gallardo in game 7 cuz the Cards will take it in 6.

Hopefully he'll come to his senses and start Narveson, but who knows. In any event, it's pretty obvious that Weeks is not anywhere close to 100% and the Brewers defensive weaknesses are showing up again at the worst possible time.

I'm still pulling hard for the Crew, but I have a bad feeling starting on this one, just hope I'm wrong.     

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: October 14, 2011 8:28 pm

Brewers still sticking with Marcum in Game 6

Roenicke said Casey McGehee was having "bad luck" as well.  Wake up Ron.  Start Narveson.

Since: Oct 13, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 8:12 pm

Brewers still sticking with Marcum in Game 6


Let's Go Brewers by P.U.N. Official Anthem 2011 Postseason NLCS NLDS WORLD SERIES

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or