Shaun Marcum may be on the Brewers’ Opening Day roster, after all.
After delivering three shutout frames in his Cactus League debut Sunday against the Dodgers, Marcum tossed five shutout innings in a minor league exhibition game this afternoon. He allowed just one hit while striking out seven and walking none.
Marcum has been slowed this spring due to shoulder inflammation, so the Brewers kept him on the minor league side this time around so they would still have the option to backdate a potential stint on the disabled list. However, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke previously told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that if Marcum threw well today, he would throw in another Cactus League game before the team broke camp. It looks like he’ll get his chance.
Marcum, 30, posted a 3.54 ERA and 158/57 K/BB ratio over a career-high 200 2/3 innings last season. He is due to hit free agency this offseason.
Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman extended his hitting streak to 30 games with a single to center field in the bottom of the sixth inning of Wednesday night’s win against the Phillies. Prior to that at-bat, he had grounded out, been hit by a pitch, and walked.
Freeman entered Wednesday night batting .382/.477/.673 with 11 doubles, seven home runs, 27 RBI, and 24 runs scored over his past 29 games. Though his numbers are lacking compared to National League MVP Award favorite Kris Bryant, Freeman will get some top-five votes. On the season, he entered Wednesday hitting .307/.404/.576 with 33 home runs, 88 RBI, and 99 runs scored in 673 plate appearances.
Freeman’s 30-game hitting streak is the longest such streak in the majors this season, according to ESPN Stats & Info. He has also reached base safely in 46 consecutive games.
Mets manager Terry Collins has been scheming out his rotation for the final few days of the season. As ESPN’s Adam Rubin reports, Bartolo Colon may start on short rest against the Phillies on Friday since he threw just 47 pitches in Monday’s loss to the Marlins.
Collins also said that if the Mets clinch a Wild Card spot prior to Sunday’s game against the Phillies, Noah Syndergaard will be limited to only 25 pitches in his start. He would then start the Wild Card game for the Mets. If Syndergaard is needed to pitch a full game against the Phillies, it sounds like Colon would start the Wild Card game, though Collins did not specify.
The Mets are limping to the finish line, having lost five starters in Steven Matz, Jacob deGrom Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, and Jon Niese. They’ve also withstood injuries to David Wright, Wilmer Flores, Neil Walker, and Lucas Duda.