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Carlos Marmol implodes again

May 3, 2012, 3:29 PM EDT


UPDATE: The bullpen choke is complete. Rafael Dolis stayed on to pitch the 10th and the Reds won it on a sacrifice fly. After a Dolis throwing error, of course.  Bad day for the Cubbies.

3:29 PM: As this post goes up the Cubs-Reds game is still going on.  But it shouldn’t be. And for that, we have Carlos Marmol to thank. Or blame, if you’re so inclined.

Ryan Dempster shut out the Reds for eight innings and Carlos Marmol took the hill in the ninth with a 3-0 lead. Then this happened:

  • Walk
  • Walk
  • Fielder’s choice/error, a runner scores
  • Single to load the bases
  • Walk, a runner scores

And with that it was 3-2 Cubs.  Rafael Dolis then came in to relieve Marmol, induced a run-scoring double play and then struck out the next batter he faced. It’s 3-3 in extra innings as this one goes to press.

Marmol is a hot mess right now.  As Dave Cameron just pointed out on Twitter, he has walked over 25% of the batters he has faced this year.  That’s just not acceptable.  Something’s gotta change.

  1. mississippimusicman - May 3, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    3-2 Reds? Try again. I doubt he stunk so badly the scores got switched… maybe a typo. Hmmm.

    • jjschiller - May 3, 2012 at 4:12 PM

      No dude, that’s how bad he stunk. He went out there on the hill, started rolling the ball to the plate, heaving it up there “granny style” and the ump was all like ‘Yo, this is a joke. I’m taking a run away from the blue team. PEACE!” And Marmol was all like ‘MAN THATS MESSED.”

      Then Lou Pinella came out to argue and gave the ump a bottle of water or something.


      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - May 3, 2012 at 4:28 PM

        I would so watch that.

  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - May 3, 2012 at 3:43 PM


    • Alex K - May 3, 2012 at 3:57 PM

      I’m not sure you went far enough. We should probably ask him to stop being a Cubbie.

      • 18thstreet - May 3, 2012 at 4:45 PM

        I’m sure Theo would have wanted that. It’s the dream of every rebuilding franchise to take a relief pitcher and trade it for something of value to a desperate team.

      • Alex K - May 3, 2012 at 4:50 PM

        Of course Theo/Jed would have loved to turn Marmol into something of value. But at this point he needs to be DL’d for an injury or let go. That’s more of what I was getting at.

  3. leatherfacestwin - May 3, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    love it!!!!!! cubs suck

  4. Alex K - May 3, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    His ability to throw strikes just keeps getting worse. He makes my head hurt. Speaking of hurt, I wonder if he’s hurt and that’s why he’s throwing less strikes than before.

  5. proudlycanadian - May 3, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Must have been a Cubs fan who bought “THE SCREAM” for Mega Millions!

  6. randygnyc - May 3, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    Marmol to the red sox for…………. Gonzalez.

  7. johnnyb1976 - May 3, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    From all Reds fans. Thank you Carlos for the gift today.

  8. rundmc81 - May 3, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    Theo, Ozzie Guillen is on line one.. “Theo, we trade you six pack of Corona and a hand full of sand for the effing closer with da huge @ss and da bad mechanics”… Theo – “ok, but you can keep the sand”

  9. Bar None - May 3, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    I’m not one to throw players under the bus. I like to give them a chance and see what they can do. I have given Marmol plenty of time to prove he is a good closer (not even a great one, just a good one) and he can’t do that. He has been ineffective since moving from the 8th inning. Yes he has gotten some saves, but he has blown too many. I would move Wood (although his health scares me) to closer or call up someone like Beliveau. Something has got to be better than this hot mess that Marmol is throwing out there.

    • Alex K - May 3, 2012 at 8:36 PM

      That’s not entirely true. His best season as a pro was 2010 which was his first year as “Closer”. He has declined very quickly from there, however.

      • Bar None - May 3, 2012 at 10:50 PM

        I would argue his best season was 2008 when he was lights out as a set-up man. High IP and K-rate.

  10. Francisco (FC) - May 3, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    Lately we have a verb for an imploding reliever…”Yeah he just Marmoled…”

    • cur68 - May 4, 2012 at 1:13 AM

      Or, if the reliever is personal to your collection of relievers, “I’ve/you’ve/we’ve been Marmoled”. There is the quandary though of what we call it when Kevin Gregg faces off against Marmol. Which is worse: a Marmoling or a Gregging?

  11. jarhead87 - May 4, 2012 at 1:25 AM

    Let’s go cubbies bring up the farm lets see
    What you got

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