Marcum was helped by strong defense, especially from Juan Lagares, Omar Quintanilla and Daniel Murphy.
"The guys played well behind me," Marcum said of the team's defense. "It gives you a lot of confidence that if you make a mistake and it's hit right at somebody, they're going to make the plays behind you."
According to a recent report by ESPN New York, Marcum can earn up to an additional $4 million in bonuses based on innings pitched and time on the roster.
Marcum is now 1-9 with a 5.08 ERA, having thrown 67.1 innings in 12 games - the Mets are 3-7 in games which Marcum has started this season, and 3-9 in games he's appeared in.
“Like I said a while back, I’m not really concerned about my personal record,” Marcum said. “It’s more about the team.”
While the Mets have scored only 19 runs in Marcum's nine losses, the opposition is hitting .327 against him the third time through the batting order, .438 with a 1.242 OPS with runners in scoring position, and .412 with a 1.209 OPS with two outs and runners in scoring position.
I've said several times Marcum has been victimized by poor luck and other tough circumstances in many of his starts. The defense behind him has been mostly awful this year, which made last night's play seem so refreshing. But he's also pitched poorly in other starts. His failures with runners in scoring position have been a big contributor to his bad outings and overall line, regardless of the quality of the defense. To be fair, a lot of the damage against him came at the beginning of the season when he was going through a Spring Training of sorts and building strength and stamina.
I care less about his win/loss record than I do about his ability to give the Mets quality innings and a chance to win every fifth day. I hope last night was the start of something positive for Marcum. If he did turn a corner, it can only help him and the team through the rest of his tenure as a Met.