ATLANTA -- Shaun Marcum professed no concern about whether he is vulnerable with the Mets eventually needing to shed a starting pitcher from their current six-man rotation.
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"Not at all," Marcum said after surrendering five runs in 4 2/3 innings as his ERA swelled to 5.76 in the Mets' 5-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night. "That's up to them. I can't really do anything about that. That's their call."
Marcum (0-9) surrendered a three-run homer to Chris Johnson in the fourth, then a pair of runs an inning later before departing.
"It seems like every mistake is getting hit -- if not in the gap over the fence," Marcum said. "I guess it's part of the game. I've just got to live with it. You go through stretches where that happens. Unfortunately, it's been a two-and-a-half-month ordeal for me so far."
The big issue? Location.
"Not consistent at all. Today I didn't feel like I located anything," he said. "Changeup was up in the zone. Cutter was more flat today. Even some of them backed up a little bit. My fastball, I haven't located that probably from Day 1. I feel like I haven't been able to throw that anywhere I've wanted to. If you can't locate your fastball, it makes it difficult to pitch."
Said John Buck: "It's not going real well for him, but when I'm back there I feel like we're in control of everything. It's always just one mistake or that one inning that seems to bite him."