Is There Something Wrong With Shaun Marcum?

Let's assume for the moment that this National League Championship Series is extended to six games (which seems exceptionally likely right now) ...

Will Ron Roenicke dare give Shaun Marcum another start?

After beating the Cubs on the 20th of September, Marcum had started 32 games, posted a 3.31 ERA and struck out roughly three times more batters than he walked.

Marcum has started three games since then.

On the 26th, he started against the Pirates and got knocked out in the fifth inning, allowing seven runs.

Last week, he started against the Diamondbacks in the Division Series and got knocked out in the fifth inning, allowing seven runs.

Tonight he started against the Cardinals in the League Championship Series and ... well, we don't know yet, exactly. We do know he's pitched four innings so far and given up five runs, leaving his Brewers in an early 5-0 hole.

We also know that in his last 13⅓ innings, Marcum has walked seven batters and struck out six. And in the process, he's given his team very little of chance of winning in each of those three games.

Maybe it's just a blip. But don't be terribly surprised if Marco Estrada or Chris Narveson starts Game 6.

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