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Carlos Marmol removed from closer’s role indefinitely

Jul 16, 2011, 11:56 AM EDT

Carlos Marmol AP

Cubs manager Mike Quade acknowledged the obvious following yesterday’s close call win over the Marlins, telling Carrie Muskat of MLB.com that Carlos Marmol will be removed from the closer role indefinitely to work on his mechanics.

“Relievers just don’t have the side time and the time to work on stuff that starters do,” Quade said. “You almost have to say you’re going to give him a couple of days.”

Marmol walked four out of the five batters he faced Thursday night and followed that up by allowed two hits and a walk before being yanked from yesterday’s game in favor of Sean Marshall, who recorded the final out. If it wasn’t for Hanley Ramirez, who ran into the second out at second base, things could have been a lot worse.

Marmol’s ERA has jumped from 2.21 to 3.80 over his last four appearances. He has gone 20 batters without registering a strikeout, a shocking statistic for someone who has struck out 29.9 percent of the batters he’s faced during his major league career.

“He needs to get himself consistent, work-wise and understand what he needs to do, like he has for years,” Quade said. “Everybody goes through tough times and adjustments and this is one of his. We don’t want to lose sight of the fact that this guy has been good for a long time. It’s not like he’s been falling apart.”

Not completely true. For what it’s worth, Marmol is averaging just 91.9 mph on his fastball this season, down from 94.1 mph in 2010 and 94 mph in 2009. According to Brooks Baseball, he topped out at 91.4 mph on his heater yesterday. That’s not the guy we’re used to seeing.

There’s no timetable for Marmol’s return to the closer’s role, but Marshall and Kerry Wood should handle most of the save chances while he attempts to right himself.

  1. willcoop - Jul 16, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Tell him to drop about 15lbs and he will add about 5 mph on his fastball.

    • nixonotis - Jul 16, 2011 at 4:32 PM

      Is that so?

  2. Old Gator - Jul 16, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    His location’s been the problem, not his velocity.

    Though it hasn’t mattered much today. Current score is 11-0 Feesh and it might get worse. Who knows?

  3. hoopmatch - Jul 17, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    Marmol-aid has always been erratic. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Cubs trade him before start of next season.

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