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Alfonso Soriano on Carlos Marmol: “He used to be good”

Jun 17, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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Carlos Marmol blew another save yesterday, turning a 3-0 ninth-inning lead into a 4-3 loss to wipe away seven shutout innings from Matt Garza.

He was only in the game because Kevin Gregg had pitched four games in a row, but the former closer served up a walk-off three-run homer and afterward teammate Alfonso Soriano sounded pretty sick of watching Marmol:

When we have a 99 [percent] chance to win the game, it’s very tough the last inning. Three outs left and we lost the game. It’s unacceptable … It’s hard to swallow. We thought we swept those guys and had some momentum going to St. Louis. It’s not a good feeling.

And about Marmol specifically, Soriano told Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune:

I don’t know. It depends on him. He used to be good. I think he’s good, but he’s lost a little bit of his confidence, and this game is all about confidence. I hope he gets it back and becomes the Marmol I know.

Sullivan notes that Soriano “was as upset as he has been in his seven years in Chicago” and doesn’t normally go public with those type of quotes, but “he used to be good” is certainly an apt description of Marmol at this point. Of course, if Marmol was feeling chippy he could say the same thing about Soriano.

  1. El Bravo - Jun 17, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    The Cubs “used to be good” as well, but alas, centuries go by…

    • yahmule - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:43 PM

      This was a really well executed cheap shot. I’m too impressed to even be jealous.

  2. jm91rs - Jun 17, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    “He used to be good”
    -Everyone who has watched Alfonso Soriano play baseball

  3. hoopmatch - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Hello pot? This is the kettle. You’re black!

    • rocketsteadman - Jun 18, 2013 at 8:16 AM

  4. darthicarus - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    I sort of wish the Cubs still had Carlos Zambrano. I imagine he & Marmol would have numerous “friendly conversations”.

  5. kevinbnyc - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    At least Soriano is getting pretty advanced in years. Marmol should only be at the beginning of the decline from his prime.

  6. JustMeMike - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    While Soriano should have not shared this publicly with the press – I can understand his frustration. As a comparison – there are no quotes from Garza referenced

    But ultimately this is Sveum going to and trusting a veteran RP – Marmol, rather than going to an unproven (despite a small size very good sample) Blake Parker.

    It is not as if the Cubs are going any place this season – why not give the kid a shot – to start the inning.

    On the other hand – Marmol has been decent in last four outings prior to this.

    Conclusion – bad decision by Sveum, bad performance by Marmol, and Sori should simply keep his mouth shut.

  7. sleepyirv - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Well, Soriano has been on the same team with Marmol all year. It would have been hard for him not to notice.

  8. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Am I the only one who reads his statement as encouragement? I think that is what the guy was saying i.e., “he used to be good so he should be good in the future, he just needs his confidence back”

    • stlouis1baseball - Jun 17, 2013 at 2:46 PM

      With you C.C. Of course…it’s a lot easier…more fun and exceedingly more trendy to hold his comments in a negative light. It makes people feel better…ironically.


  9. gammagammahey - Jun 17, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Soriano is exaggerating. Going into the bottom of the 9th, the Cubs only had a 96.6% win expectancy, according to Fangraphs, not 99%.

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