Part of the fun of fantasy baseball is watching and anticipating bullpen changes as closers come and go throughout the season. Usually, the pitcher that starts the season as a team’s closer gets at least a few weeks before a change is made. But Carlos Marmol was so bad, he has been ousted as the closer after the Chicago Cubs fifth game.
Marmol might be the most derided closer since Armando Benitez played for New York Mets. Cub fans thought they had gotten rid of him in an off season trade, but it fell through.
So far this season, Marmol’s performance has been shaky to say the least. He was brought in to close the opening game with a three-run lead. After he retired the first batter, the next three results were a hit batter, a hit, and a walk. So, Marmol was removed and Kyuji Fujikawa eventually got the save.
Three days later, Marmol was again brought into the ninth with a three-run lead. He gave up three hits and two runs, but managed to escape with the save.
But last night’s game against the Atlanta Braves was more than any manager can take, real-life or fantasy. Marmol was called in to protect a one-run lead in the ninth inning. He gave up solo home runs to B. J. Upton and Justin Upton, blew the save and took the loss. That brought his ERA for the season up to an even 27.0.
After the game, manager Dale Sveum announced that Fujikawa will get the next shot at being the Cubs’ closer. I am happy about this, since I drafted him in two leagues this spring, expecting this move to happen sooner rather than later.
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