Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Shaun Marcum's Season Is Done, Which Puts Him In An Exclusive Club

According to various sources, including Ed Coleman and Adam Rubin, Shaun Marcum's season is over.  Marcum has been diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome, which occurs when blood vessels or nerves between the collarbone and ribs become compressed.  This, in turn, can cause shoulder pain and a numbing of the fingers.

Marcum's final numbers were not exactly what the Mets hoped for when they took a chance on him this past offseason.  After combining to go 54-32 with a 3.67 ERA over his last five seasons, including a 7-4 mark and 3.70 ERA last year when he was a member of the Brewers, Marcum was 1-10 with a 5.29 ERA for the Mets.

That 1-10 mark puts Marcum in a rare club, one that he never expected to join.  Marcum is just the fourth pitcher in Mets history to finish a season with 10 or more losses while winning exactly once.

In 1962, Bob L. Miller lost his first 12 decisions before winning his final start.  His 1-12 record was almost duplicated three years later by Tom Parsons, who went 1-10 for the Mets in 1965.  Nearly three decades passed before the Mets had another pitcher with double-digit losses and a single win.  In 1993, Anthony Young lost his first 13 decisions of the season, just one year after losing his final 14 decisions.  Young finally earned a win on July 28, 1993, when a walk-off victory saved him from what would have become his 28th consecutive loss.  Young's sole victory was followed by three more defeats, giving him the worst one-win season in Mets history, at 1-16.

Bob L. Miller (1962):  1-12
Tom Parsons (1965):  1-10
Anthony Young (1993):  1-16
Shaun Marcum (2013):  1-10

By suffering a season-ending injury, Shaun Marcum's 1-10 record in 2013 is now etched in stone.  He has joined Miller, Parsons and Young to become one-win wonders.  The quartet have the only one-win, double-digit loss seasons in franchise history, with Marcum becoming only the second pitcher in nearly half a century to accomplish the feat.

Losing and the Mets have gone hand-in-hand for most of the franchise's existence.  Even pitchers who won with great frequency before coming to New York aren't immune to the losing bug.  Just ask Shaun Marcum.

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