Up next for McClung? It's up in the air
Seth McClung surrendered seven runs on seven hits including a trio of Cubs homers in the Brewers’ series-opening loss on Thursday, leaving his status up in the air.
In two starts since moving from the bullpen, McClung has been charged with 10 runs on 13 hits and has only delivered 7 1/3 innings.
“It is disappointing on my end to know I’ve been given an opportunity to show what I can do,” said McClung, who hinted that he was also disappointed by plate umpire James Hoye’s strike zone. “Last year, I think I showed what I could do. It’s disheartening. I know I’m better than the statistics say the last couple of times. I work very hard at what I do, and when you work hard at what you do and you put your heart and soul into it and you get results that aren’t desirable, it’s kind of disappointing.
“The only thing I know to do go back out there and continue to work hard,” he said. “I don’t give up. I don’t say die. I know I’m a good pitcher, and I know I can start. If I continue to get my turn, which as far as I know, I will, I’m going to turn this thing around very quickly.”
Manager Ken Macha, though, would not commit to giving McClung another start.
“We have an off-day Monday, so we’re going to need a pitcher for [July 11],” said Macha, who otherwise is set with Jeff Suppan, Braden Looper, Mike Burns and Yovani Gallardo. That meant he will skip McClung’s next start, which could have come as early as Wednesday, and use Suppan on regular rest instead.
“It all starts with the starter, and Seth didn’t do a very good job today,” Macha said.