I’ve been thinking about Tim Redding all week. Creepy, right? But there was a reason — I was hoping (praying?) that Shaun Marcum would not be the second coming of Redding. After one long awaited start by Marcum, I am left still hoping and/or praying.
Let me explain. In 2009 the Mets signed Redding, selling him as a reliable veteran presence in the rotation. He got injured in Spring Training and we had to wait until the middle of May before he finally made his Mets debut. After three starts he was 0-2 with a 9.20 ERA. I remember thinking, “We waited for this?” He never really got any better, demoted to the bullpen for a while and finishing with a record of 3-6 with a 5.10 ERA. He has not appeared in a major league game since, bouncing around the minors, the independent league, even South Korea with very little success. He is currently pitching in Mexico.
Shaun Marcum was also sold as a veteran who will stabilize the rotation. He got injured in Spring Training and didn’t make his first start until a month into the season. So this is why I was thinking about Redding. The situations were eerily similar. I did not want to have to think, “We waited for this?” again.
But now I might have to because the results from Saturday’s starts were, well, Redding-like — he lasted four innings, allowing three runs on five hits, with three strikeouts and two walks and suffered the loss against the Phillies.
I didn’t see the game (Fox showed the Tigers-Braves game here in sunny Los Angeles), so I can’t say whether Marcum actually looked bad or not, but clearly the results were not there.
Hopefully, Shaun Marcum can pick it up and perform like the pitcher we were promised. If not, Marcum might want to take the opportunity to brush up on his Spanish.