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Cubs sticking with Carlos Marmol after another ugly outing

Apr 5, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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After being yanked from his first save chance of the season Cubs closer Carlos Marmol escaped another mess with a save yesterday, but it wasn’t pretty as he allowed three hits and one walk before Neil Walker did him a huge favor by grounding into a game-ending double play.

Despite the back-to-back ugly outings manager Dale Sveum reiterated that he’s sticking with Marmol as closer, telling Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago: “I’m not doing anything. We’re 2-1. Everyone is in the same roles heading into Atlanta.”

It’s worth noting that Marmol went through multiple rough patches last season and had an ERA as high as 5.61 in mid-July, but then finished the year with a 1.52 ERA and 39 strikeouts in his final 30 innings. What makes Marmol so maddening to watch is that he’s capable of dominant stretches, but with Kyuji Fujikawa looming as an obvious replacement it’s hard to imagine Sveum having a ton of patience.

  1. nwfisch - Apr 5, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    What a joke.

  2. El Bravo - Apr 5, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Sounds a lot like Rex Ryan telling everyone Sanchez is their QB. It was for Sanchez’s ego more than anything. Perhaps they should actually publicly threaten his job and Marmol will step up his game, b/c the current sticking-with-him-through-thick-n-thin-but-mostly-thin-to-build-his-ego method is not working.

  3. mscott4 - Apr 5, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    They are sticking with him hoping he will turn it around and they can find a sucker to trade for him. Is it that hard for people to understand? Sure, Sveum wants to win but the FO is only interested in moving expendable pieces for assets and finding more core players from within and outside the franchise again this year. If Marmol can’t turn it around sure it’s hard to watch but for this year all it really does is help ensure a high draft pick next year. If he does turn it around they may be able to flip him to a desperate team for something of value. They won’t go anywhere with or without a good Marmol this year anyway.

  4. kabukiman12 - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Been a True Blue Cub since i understood the game at 3yrs old.. Played in Mets Org. Till released due to injury and money.. It’s painful and know how these beautiful Pitching performances go to waste as Carlos has become an Average closer and lost his Slider’s funk.. He has no command anymore and to sit and know that other teams salivate just knowing he is the one man they know can’t get them out.. Dale needs to put his foot Down and start acting like a Coach who cares instead of a Old Pot Smoking burnout, he shows no emotion and seems as if he just is afraid of Change.. Marmol needs to be a situational pitcher and stick to righties only and keep Russell and Camp as 8th only then hand off to Fujikawa as a Great Command Closer.. As for the Braves series starting tomorrow, Feldman better keep that sinker down or he wont make it outta the 3rd.. Time to ditch Lillibridge and Valbuena too.. They both Stink.. But im proud of where we are at this point and Go Cubs Go

    • gopherz - Apr 5, 2013 at 8:00 PM

      the CUBS and CARDS are SORRY and they SUCK??

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