JUPITER -- Seth McClung knew he had the type of outing Monday that could tarnish not just a season, but a career. In just his second appearence of the spring, the 29-year old right-hander gave up six earned runs, three walks, plunked a batter and surrendered as many hits (2) as he got outs before being pulled in the Marlins 11-2 loss to the Mets.
"Man, I sucked today," McClung said Monday. "As a competitor, you want to beat yourself up. But knowing that a spring training process is 30 days long and you got to get yourself ready, you have to look at it in a different aspect. Although everybody wants to win a game, you aren't really ready yet to do some of the things you want to do.
"The best thing about spring is you take it, you say OK this is what I need to improve upon and then tomorrow is another day. I know I want to make an impression here in camp and the impression I want to make is I'm a professional."
McClung, one of four relievers with major league experience that the Marlins signed to minor league contracts in the offseason, is going to want to make sure his next appearance is a lot better. Ditto for other guys battling control issues.
Tuesday, manager Fredi Gonzalez voiced his displeasure about the amount of walks Marlins pitchers have been dishing out through six spring games.
"I think the only time we haven't been good [this spring] is when we've walked people as a pitching staff," Gonzalez said. "You look at the bad games we've had and look at the boxscores, its been seven, eight walks, two hit batters. Usually those type of numbers cause bad games. I don't care if its the first day of spring training or the second game of spring training, we really don't want to do that."
The Marlins certainly had trouble with walks in 2009. The team gave up 267, second most in the National League. McClung, who has a 32.40 ERA this spring, isn't the only Marlins pitcher to struggle with control. Jose Ceda hit two batters in his only spring appearance. Starters Sean West and Andrew Miller had their issues in their first appearances on Sunday with a combined five walks. Reliever Derrick Turnbow, who has yet to make an appearance this spring, was having his own control issues during workouts because of an infected toe and sore shoulder.
> A FEW MORE TIDBITS... Turnbow threw a side this morning. No word yet on how it went... Outfielders Cody Ross and Cameron Maybin, both battling sore groins, played catch this morning. Gonzalez said the injuries appear to be more of a "four to five day thing" instead of a "four to six week" thing... Catcher John Baker (strained right forearm) hit some balls off a tee Monday and will play catch on Wednesday.