Marcum's Misery

Tuesday, October 11 2011 @ 10:54 AM EDT

Contributed by: Thomas

Behind the fearsome bat of Albert Pujols, the St. Louis Cardinals tied the NLCS at 1 game apiece. Earlier in the day, the Nelson Cruz continued his attempt to pry the ďMr. OctoberĒ nickname away from Reggie Jackson with the first walk-off grand slam in postseason history. The Rangers now head to Detroit with a 2-0 lead in the ALCS.

If Iím Ron Roenicke, Iím rejigging my rotation so that Shaun Marcum doesnít get another start this series (and perhaps for the rest of the playoffs). He didnít look like the Marcum Toronto fans remembered or Milwaukee fans were treated to for four or five months last night. He did not locate well and didnít appear to be fooling any of the Cardinals hitters. This is Marcumís second bad start in a row that Iíve seen, as his appearance against the Diamondbacks was no better, and his September numbers were not strong at all. Some have speculating he may be fighting an injury, but whatever the case, Roenicke may be better served handing the ball to Chris Narveson in Game 6 and should have a very quick hook if he hands Marcum the ball again. Here is a thread for update playoff discussion.