Historically, Shaun Marcum has been a pitcher the New York Yankees have knocked around like he was throwing batting practice. Marcum, a former Toronto Blue Jay, has a career record of 1-4 with a 6.55 ERA in 11 games, nine starts, against the Yankees.
Marcum, though, is having a terrific season for the Milwaukee Brewers with a 7-2 record and 2.95 ERA. He puts his present good pitching up against his spotty history against the Yankees Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium. A.J. Burnett (7-6, 4.15 ERA) pitches for New York.
Will the good A.J. or the bad A.J. show up? Of late, the bad A.J. has been popping up more often, as he is just 2-3 with a 4.50 ERA in June.
The Yankees currently lead the American League East by 1.5 games over the Boston Red Sox, and their 46-31 record is the best in the AL. Philadelphia, leading the NL East with a 50-30 record, is the only team in baseball with a better record at this point.