Top Milwaukee Brewers Of The 2010s: Nos. 39-31
By David Gasper
35. RHP Shaun Marcum
In December of 2010, Milwaukee Brewers GM Doug Melvin announced a trade that would send the Crew’s 2008 first round pick, Brett Lawrie, to the Blue Jays in exchange for starting pitcher Shaun Marcum.
While Marcum’s tenure in Milwaukee was a brief two years, he played a big role in the Brewers successful 2011 season. Unfortunately, he also played a big role in why they were unable to advance past the Cardinals in the NLCS.
Despite playing only 2 full seasons with the Brewers, Marcum made a positive impact. In 2011, he posted a 3.54 ERA and in 2012, despite battling injury, he finished with a 3.70 ERA. Here are his WAR numbers in seasons he was with the Brewers
Total WAR: 4.0
Marcum made 33 starts and pitched over 200 innings for the Brewers in 2011. He was a major contributor to the Brewers winning the NL Central that year.
In the playoffs, Marcum struggled. The Brewers lost all three games in which he started. In Game Three of the NLDS against the Diamondbacks, he gave up seven earned runs in 4.2 innings. Against the Cardinals in Game Two of the NLCS, he gave up five earned runs in four innings, and then in Game Six he gave up four earned runs in just one inning of work, which led to a Brewers series loss. Those numbers resulted in a 14.90 postseason ERA and would be the only postseason appearances of his entire career.
In 2012, Marcum battled injuries and the Brewers faltered as a team. Zack Greinke was traded at the trade deadline. Due to being injured, Marcum was not traded. At the end of the season, the Brewers and Marcum went their separate ways. He would pitch for the Mets in 2013, and then various levels in the Indians organization in 2014 and 2015 before hanging up his spikes.
One positive to take away from Shaun Marcum’s tenure in Milwaukee was that Brett Lawrie never developed into the major league ball player many believed he could have been, despite a few decent seasons in Toronto. While the Brewers only got 1.5 seasons of production from Marcum, he did help solidify one of the best Brewers starting rotations in the 2010s and helped them win the NL Central.