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Marmol's job in jeopardy after another bad outing

Posted on: July 15, 2011 12:18 pm
Edited on: July 15, 2011 5:48 pm
By Matt Snyder

Cubs closer Carlos Marmol had one of the worst imaginable outings Thursday night, as he blew his seventh save in 26 opportunities. He faced five batters, walked four and allowed a bases-loaded double. He ended up being charged with five earned runs while having recorded zero outs.

His ERA jumped more than a run, from 2.57 to 3.64. He's now blown three of his last six save chances, and his inability to command the strike zone is a constant problem.

Still, Cubs manager Mike Quade said after the game the job was still Marmol's.

“Marm’s the guy, and has been the guy and needs to be the guy. He’ll be better,” Quade said Thursday night (

Friday, however, gave Quade second thoughts. The Cubs went to Marmol, again, with a 2-0 lead in the ninth. He nearly coughed up the game and didn't finish the inning. Quade summoned Sean Marshall, who struck out Mike Stanton with the tying run on base. Marmol's outing began with a four-pitch walk and he would have blown the save had Hanley Ramirez not committed a baserunning gaffe. With one out and a man on, Ramirez hit a ball into the gap, but loafed out of the batter's box and was thrown out at second base. Had he made it, Marmol was looking at runners on second and third with one out. Marmol then gave up another single and was pulled for Marshall.

One or two more bad outings and it could mean the end for Marmol permanently, but for the time being, Quade said he's going with Marshall and Kerry Wood to close out games ( via Twitter). Quade reportedly said he'll let Marmol work on things for a few days and there's no set timetable for the switch. So it sounds temporary.

 I don't think there's any other option than to remove Marmol from closing duties immediately. In addition to the control woes, something seems wrong with Marmol's arm. Friday, he was throwing fastballs about 90 m.p.h. and his slider was in the mid-80s. He used to throw at least mid-90s fastball and worked up in the high-90s at times. His slider doesn't seem to have near as much bite as it used to, either.

Regardless of the reason, though, Marmol is simply not getting the job done and needs a lesser role. It's a good decision by Quade.

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Posted on: December 5, 2011 3:32 am

Marmol's job in jeopardy after another bad outing

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Marmol's job in jeopardy after another bad outing

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Since: Jul 6, 2008
Posted on: July 15, 2011 5:17 pm

Marmol's job in jeopardy after another bad outing

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Since: Mar 27, 2009
Posted on: July 15, 2011 2:22 pm

Marmol's job in jeopardy?

It's real simple.  Carlos never learned to use his more than adequate fastball, to set up his slider.  Now both pitches have suffered a lack of  effectiveness.  It's too bad.  I'm going to assume his coaches told him as much, and he just didn't want to listen, but if not, then they're as much at fault as he is.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: July 15, 2011 1:08 pm

Marmol's job in jeopardy?

Carlos Lidge is all used up as a closer. At least for now he is. The slider has flattened out. It's got as much bite as a glass of warm water. Yesterday, he said he feels like he can't throw a good slider, which is very perceptive since he can't. Yet he still throws it on 83% of his pitches. Someone explain that to me.

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