Shaun Marcum, fully recovered from a neck injury, made his debut both for the 2013 season and as a Met this afternoon in Queens against the Phillies, but it didn’t go quite as well as he had hoped. The right-hander allowed three runs in the third inning, including allowing a lead-off single to opposing pitcher Jonathan Pettibone, and he uncorked a wild pitch facing Michael Young as well. Manager Terry Collins lifted him after four innings in favor of lefty Robert Carson, who promptly allowed five runs in the fifth.
Speaking to the media after the game, Marcum wasn’t satisfied with his outing. Via ESPN’s Adam Rubin:
“It’s not what I wanted from a statistical standpoint or helping this team,” Marcum said after surrendering three runs on five hits and two walks in a 71-pitch effort over four innings. “I wasn’t very efficient with my pitches there in the second and third inning. My pitch count rose pretty quickly in those two innings.
“As far as health, everything felt pretty good.”
Marcum is a welcome addition to the Mets’ rotation as Dillon Gee and Jeremy Hefner have struggled in their first handful of starts, posting a 5.96 and 5.14 ERA, respectively.
The Athletic’s Andrew Baggarly and Zach Buchanan report that Diamondbacks starter Madison Bumgarner has been competing in rodeos under a fake name as recently as December. The fake name is Mason Saunders. Bumgarner explains that “Mason” is shortened from “Madison,” while “Saunders” is his wife’s maiden name.
Bumgarner — err, Saunders — and one of his rodeo partners, Jaxson Tucker, won $26,560 in a team-roping rodeo competition in December. The Rancho Rio Arena posted a picture of the pair on Facebook, highlighting that they roped four steers in 31.36 seconds.
As Baggarly and Buchanan point out, Bumgarner also pointed out in a rodeo competition last March, just a couple days before pitching in a Cactus League game versus the Athletics, back when he was still with the Giants.
Bumgarner suffered bruised ribs and a left shoulder AC sprain in 2017 when he got into a dirt bike accident. Given that, Bumgarner’s latest extracurricular activity does raise a concern for the Diamondbacks, who inked him to a five-year, $85 million contract two months ago. Baggarly and Buchanan asked Bumgarner about such a concern. Bumgarner referred them to the club’s managing partner Ken Kendrick. Kendrick directed them to GM Mike Hazen. Hazen declined speaking about “specific contract language.” For what it’s worth, Bumgarner says he primarily uses his right hand to rope.
The jig is up on Bumgarner’s hobby. He jokingly said to The Athletic’s pair, “I’m nervous about this interview right now.” He added, “I’m upset with both you two.”