Carlos Marmol was downright bad today. When I mean bad? I mean throw up in your mouth bad. Marmol came in to protect a 3-0 masterpiece by Ryan Dempster. Marmol decided to walk the first 2 guys he saw. Figures. Ian Steward then made an error which scored a run. Jay Bruce singled, and Ryan Ludwick walked in the 2nd run. Marmol was then replaced by Rafael Dolis who got a tie game scoring ground ball double play, and then got a strike out to end the inning.
Carlos Marmol is bad. He’s really really bad, and I’m tired of watching. This is the major leagues boys, if you can’t throw strikes you have no business being on a big league club, let alone the closer of the club. What else does Dale Sveum need to see here? I mean, is he waiting for Marmol to blow 20 saves before making the obvious decision? I don’t even think it matters who Marmol is replaced by because that pitcher can’t do any worse.
I’m extremely angry watching this garbage. I no longer care about “how hard Marmol is working” because that doesn’t matter in the big leagues. It’s about results, and Marmol isn’t producing them. If he has a mechanical issue (which he does), than fix it. That hasn’t happened either so how hard is Marmol actually working?
Teams just cannot blow saves like this. Sadly, the Cubs would be in a better shape if they had a closer getting 3 outs. I don’t even care if a closer blows a save because he got lit up, that’s going to happen from time to time- to everyone. The problem is Marmol gets himself into trouble and that’s what can’t be tolerated any longer.
It’s time to make the move. Period.