Things seemed very bleak for the Chicago Cubs in the 8th inning Tuesday night, after St. Louis Cardinals OF Matt Holliday homered off closer Carlos Marmol. The homer put the Cardinals up 2-1, and it seemed another late inning pitching mistake would doom the Cubs again in early 2012. On this night however, it was not meant to be. Enter Cubs OF Alfonso Soriano in the bottom of the 10th…
This was a big win for the north-siders, as they improve to 6-12 on the young season.
As mentioned above, the late inning pitching, has been anything but spectacular so far this year for the Cubs. Veteran reliever Kerry Wood is already on the DL, and Marmol has and ERA over 5.00.
I found myself cursing Marmol after the home run to Holliday, thinking that his days are number as the Cubs closer. The outcome of this game, in no way changed my thoughts on that. Marmol is down to his last strike as the team’s closer. It’s as simple as that.
Marmol has had his chances, but just isn’t delivering anymore. I think his confidence is shot, and he’s in his own head. Who should take over his role on the team? Is yet to determined.
Now I’m not saying Marmol is completely done, but I’m saying he’s real, real close. Cubs management and fans can only take so much, and if the current trends continue, Marmol will be done.
As far as the outcome tonight, the Cubs should feel great about what they did. They manufactured a run late for the win, and it’s a step in the right direction, winning their first series of the season.