Are you kidding me? Carlos Marmol has become the goat for the 2012 Chicago Cubs, and Cubs fans aren’t about to let their voices go unheard, I’m one of them. The latest episode of failure was this afternoon where the Cubs were sailing along to a victory and a two game sweep.
Ryan Dempster was dominant going 8 innings, throwing 101 pitches. Let’s stop right there for a second. I don’t want to start piling on Dale Sveum yet, I’m really going to try hard not to. Why is Ryan Dempster not starting the 9th inning? I’m sorry, I don’t understand why your #1 starter can’t throw more than 101 pitches. He’s coming back from an injury, I get that, but this is beyond ridiculous that he has to sit on the bench and watch his awesome effort go to crap because another guy on the team has the “role” of finishing games. Give me a break, nothing, nothing Carlos Marmol has done this year or last year warrants him getting opportunities to carry a Dora the Explorer backpack let alone close out major league baseball games.
I see the other side of it, trust me, Dempster did enough, he should be able to sit on the bench after 101 pitches and watch a competent pitcher get the final three outs. The Cubs have some of those too, none of which are named Marmol. James Russell starts the 9th the Cubs win, Rafael Dolis starts the 9th the Cubs probably win. Henry Rowengartner starts the 9th the Cubs definitely win. Another issue I have is why is Marmol allowed to get out of jams he creates, he hasn’t gotten out of one yet this year. If Marmol is coming in then there better be someone warming up in the pen just in case the typical happens. What, you don’t want to disrespect the mighty Marmol by having a pitcher warming up? Too bad, does it show a lack of confidence in Marmol, sure does, because that’s exactly the case, no one has confidence in Marmol, not even Marmol. Without Marmol’s “efforts” the Cubs would be at or just above the .500 mark and full of confidence, yet they sit at 9-16, dead last in the Central. But hey, at least Marmol’s getting his work in, you know, building his confidence in easy save situations.
Enough, Marmol is done, consider the closer position an open one. That’s what Sveum and Company should do, enough rewarding the contract, and what he is supposed to be, and start rewarding guys who are performing. Sorry, totally fed up with Marmol and the Cubs enabling him, back to your regularly scheduled programming, recaps and such coming up.