Marshall, Marshall, Marshall.
As I prepare for my first and probably only Wrigley Field bleachers experience of the season, I have some serious concerns as to whether or not a second mediocre pitcher named Sean can fill a void in the Cubs' rotation and more importantly, continue the home winning streak. Unfortunately, I don't think I can just sit back and enjoy country music night like I first intended when I thought Carlos Zambrano would be making the start.
It's not that I doubt Sean Pt. 2 formerly known as Sean Pt. 1, it's that I don't trust him. He's coming off a decent stint in Iowa, but historically he hasn't been all that good in Wrigley compared to on the road. I'll admit the Cubs didn't give him much of a chance this season-he had a couple bad outings in Cincinnati giving up 2 home runs and 3 walks, and that was it. It was his control they sent him down to work on as he walked 7 compared to striking out 5.
The good news is that in 31.2 innings pitched as a starter at Iowa, he's walked only 6. Yes, that's one less than his 8.2 innings pitched in relief at the major league level. Maybe what this points to is that Marshall is a starter and that he'll give the Cubs a chance in his two startsâ€¦but then what? Do you give him another shot in the bullpen? It doesn't feel right, but the Cubs need a solid second left-hander next to Scott Eyre and they haven't found it in Neal Cotts. It seems like the best shot the Cubs have, because they have no justification to keep him in the rotation unless he dominates and Sean Gallagher gets roughed up a bit in his next two starts.
It appears the Orioles are a team that run into problems only when they don't give enough run support and I'd hate to let them have it. I suppose if anyone deserves a chance, it's other Sean. With the way the Cubs are playing at home offensively and a rested bullpen, all he needs to do is give them 5 or 6 decent innings and a chance.