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The Carlos Marmol show rages on

Jun 16, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

Florida Marlins v Chicago Cubs

In today’s series finale against the Mets, Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol allowed four runs and recorded just one out in the ninth inning as the Mets stormed from a 3-0 deficit to walk off as 4-3 winners. Cubs starter Matt Garza pitched brilliantly over seven innings and James Russell tossed a perfect eighth to bring the 3-0 lead to Marmol in the ninth. Closer Kevin Gregg was unavailable as a result of pitching four games in a row.

Marmol started off on the wrong foot, surrendering a lead-off home run to Marlon Byrd. He then walked Lucas Duda and surrendered a single to John Buck. Omar Quintanilla successfully laid down a sacrifice bunt, moving both runners into scoring position for the recently-recalled Kirk Nieuwenhuis. After getting ahead 1-0, Nieuwenhuis turned on a 94 MPH fastball for a walk-off three-run home run.

Marmol entered the game with a 4.78 ERA, but it ballooned to 6.08 after today’s outing. As the 30-year-old is a free agent after the season and the Cubs are 15 games out of first place, they are ostensibly continuing to use him in high-leverage situations to build up his trade value. Marmol’s strikeout rate, however, has dropped to its lowest point since his rookie season in 2006   and his tightrope act doesn’t appear to be going away any time soon.

  1. flamethrower101 - Jun 16, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    Unless he makes a drastic turnaround from now til the All-Star Break, I wouldn’t be shocked if the Cubs outright released him. No team is gonna wanna trade for him except maybe the Astros or Marlins, and even then they might get lucky to have one of them take on even a fraction of the salary.

    • Old Gator - Jun 16, 2013 at 7:10 PM

      I don’t see the Feesh trading for him. They already have several awful relievers making league minimum.

      • flamethrower101 - Jun 16, 2013 at 7:28 PM

        If the Feesh don’t sign him when he hits FA he might as well retire.

    • alexo0 - Jun 16, 2013 at 8:32 PM

      Theo’s gamble is backfiring big time.

      • jwbiii - Jun 16, 2013 at 8:47 PM

        Marmol’s extension was signed 10 months before Epstein and Hoyer were signed. This was Jim Hendry’s doing.

      • flamethrower101 - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:00 PM

        “Marmol’s extension was signed 10 months before Epstein and Hoyer were signed. This was Jim Hendry’s doing.” Maybe he was referring to the belief that Marmol would turn out to be somewhat servicable and allow them to sucker – I mean, convince a team he’s worth taking on. Obviously that gamble is failing miserably.

      • alexo0 - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:04 PM

        Exactly flamethrower101. The Cubs stuck with Marmol to close games with the hope that he’d somehow prove himself useful, which would allow the Cubs to flip him for a mid-level prospect. That plan did not work at all. The interesting part is that the Cubs are continuing to use Marmol to close, and are continuing to hurt their team in the process, all in the name of being able to trade him at the deadline. You’d think Cubs fans would be more upset over that.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 17, 2013 at 6:50 AM

        alexo0 – this is a bad place to have all of your facts wrong. Kevin Gregg is the Cubs’ closer. Marmol was only called upon to close because Gregg had pitched 4 days in a row. Gregg is old, no sense in breaking him. Marmol was in because he had the night before off.

  2. dondada10 - Jun 16, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    I’ve seen Nieuwenhuis swing and miss in BP. He was hitting under .100 at the time.

    My point? Marmol is awful.

  3. xmatt0926x - Jun 16, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    I don’t care how many games Marmol could save in a row at this point. What team would trade for this guy at this point? What contender would put their chances on this guy’s shoulders?

  4. insidefastball - Jun 16, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    Marmol needs to go pitch middle relief for a small market club. His implosions in big situations got old a long time ago. I have no clue why the Cubs brought him back this season, regardless of how much money he is owed. He is the type of pitcher who can destroy a team.

  5. thebadguyswon - Jun 16, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Blanket party for Mr. Marmol coming up.

  6. ptfu - Jun 16, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    Homer, walk, single, sac bunt, homer. The Mets didn’t even need two of their three best hitters, David Wright and Daniel Murphy, to rally. The only out Marmol recorded is the one the Mets wanted to make. Ugh.

  7. sdelmonte - Jun 16, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    Any walkoff win in a storm is welcome.

  8. 11thstreetmafia - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    Could you imagine looking forward to seeing a particular pitcher in the 9th and you get him?!

    • perryt200 - Jun 17, 2013 at 2:16 AM

      Yeah. what do you think they thought at the first of the season when the Cards sent in Boggs?

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