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Kerry Wood, Carlos Marmol ugly it up again

Apr 7, 2012, 4:45 PM EDT

Carlos Marmol AP

In the Cubs’ first game Thursday, Kerry Wood took a blown save in the eighth and Carlos Marmol got the loss in the ninth. In the second game Saturday, Wood took the loss in the eighth and Marmol got tagged with a blown save in the same inning.

Wood got the call to start the eighth with the Cubs up 4-2 and allowed a solo homer and two singles after starting the inning with two quick outs. That resulted in Marmol’s appearance with the tying run on second. Marmol walked the first batter he faced, allowed back-to-back hits and then walked one more guy before getting pulled. Shawn Camp allowed an infield single afterwards, giving the Nationals a five-run eighth in what turned out to be a 7-4 victory.

Wood and Marmol are now both sporting identical 27.00 ERAs and 6.00 WHIPs after two appearances. Marmol has given up four hits in his inning of work. In Sept./Oct. 2010, he pitched 15 2/3 innings and allowed just two hits.

The Cubs lack any other reliable relievers, so they’ll just have to hope Wood and Marmol work through their troubles. Pulling Marmol for the closer’s role temporarily is an option, but since Wood is in no position to claim the job, they’d probably have to mix-and-match James Russell and Rafael Dolis in the ninth if they go that route.

The Cubs had to figure going into the season that the bullpen was going to be a problem. Still, they were likely more confident about the eighth inning and Wood than they were about any other portion of it. Now they’ve already blown two leads in that inning, erasing quality performances from Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza in the process.

  1. shawon0meter - Apr 7, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    Good thing Sean Marshall was traded

  2. ccad05 - Apr 7, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    Welcome to the “CUBS WAY” Theo. Good luck

  3. adagio4639 - Apr 7, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    So…this is the rebuilding of the Cubs? Dempster throws a great game, and gets nothing for his effort. Same for Garza. Two games blown that the Cubs had in hand. They’re going to turn over the game to Wood and Marmol in the late innings?? Why? The Cubs pass on Papelbon. They pass on Prince Fielder. They pass on everybody that could turn this team into something that resembles a Major League baseball team. Fielder homers twice for Detroit. Against Beckett. But of course Detroit wants to win. Papelbon goes to the Phils…but of course they want to win. Like everyone else in the Cubs Nation, I was thrilled to get Theo. But the honeymoorn is going to end very fast if this is the results we’re going to get. The season is only two games in, and this team is pathetic. Fielder was made to play in Wrigley, and the Cubs pass??? He’s 28 years old. I’m sorry but I don’t understand the logic here. I’ve been a Cubs fan my whole life…but I want to watch a team that wants to win. I’ll watch the Phils and the Tigers…..and the Bulls. Wake me up when 2014 arrives. Maybe then I’ll see the brilliance of these off season moves.

    • cerowb - Apr 7, 2012 at 7:35 PM

      I don’t think you understand how rebuilding works…

      If you expect the Cubs to field a competitive team this year, you’re mistaken. Same thing for next year. In order to rebuild you have to rebuild from within, meaning draft well and develop the farm system. This takes a while. You can’t build an organization by throwing money at big name free agents all the time. It’s just not cost effective. You need a mix of home-grown talent and free agents, and right now the home grown talent isn’t there. No point in fielding an expensive team that won’t compete anyway.

      Be patient. The next few seasons will be very tough on Cubs fans, but at least they’re starting the rebuild the right way…and that means blowing up 2012.

      • dcfan4life - Apr 8, 2012 at 4:29 AM

        The Red Sox rebuilt from within and ended their drought. Theo knows what he is doing. The Cubs will be terrible this year. But the Nats, the Rays, the Diamondbacks, the Brewers, the Rangers, and the Reds were all terrible as recent as 5 years ago. And all of them rebuilt. Yes its been 100 years, but if done right, the Cubs are a contender again in 3 years. And thats what Cubs fans want, isnt it? To Contend?

      • brewcrewfan54 - Apr 8, 2012 at 4:36 AM

        I hate the Cubs but yes you absolutely have to be patient. The Cubs lost 90 games last year. They aren’t even close to competing. Signing Fielder would not have put them in contention. Papelbon would not have put them in contention. Watching a team rebuild sucks but when the team has sucked on the field and the former front office has saddled them with bad contracts that are untradeable unless you stay on the hook for most of the money owed you don’t have much choice.

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