(BaseballStL) –You can’t help but wonder how Brewers pitcher Shaun Marcum slept last night … or the past week for that matter.
Marcum, whose name might as well be pronounced “mark-him” is tonight’s Game 6 starter, and is the same pitcher that the Cardinals lit up in Game 2, bringing Brewers Nation back to reality.
Just the fact that Marcum is getting the chance to redeem himself this post season is a bit of a surprise. Not that Cardinals hitters are complaining.
Consider that Marcum lost three of his last four starts in Miller Park, yes that Miller Park, the place where the Brewers never lose.
In Game 3 of the NLDS the Diamondback sent him packing in the fifth inning after shelling him for seven hits for seven earned runs, a grand slam and three walks in an 8-1 loss.
In Game 2 of the NLCS, in Milwaukee, the Cardinals tagged Marcum for seven hits and five earned runs before he got the hook after only four innings of work in a game the Redbirds won 12-3.
While Marcum takes the mound tonight, sitting on the bench will be the Brewers number five starter Chris Narveson, a lefty who is 1-1 against the Cards this season with a 1.20 ERA. Many fans have been calling for Brewers manager Ron Roenicke to go with Narveson in Game 6, or even roll out Yovani Gallardo on three days rest. Anyone but Marcum.
Don’t expect Roenicke to stay with Marcum long if things get ugly. The Brewers will do everything they can to extend this series one more day and put their fortunes in the hands of their ace Gallardo and take their chances against Chris Carpenter.
But to get to Game 7 you have to win Game 6, and with Marcum on the mound Brewers fans are more than ever hoping for more of that home field magic. While the Cardinals are hoping for a “Happy Flight” home … tonight.