The Chicago Cubs finally came to their senses and decided it was best that reliever Carlos Marmol no longer appear in the ninth inning as the closer. It is no secret that the right-hander has struggled in the closer role for quite some time, but to finally have the Cubs come out and say that he is permanently banned from the ninth inning is a relief for the loyal fan base.
“He’s obviously struggled closing,” Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said, according to Cubs.com. “He’s had a lot of really good outings in low-pressure situations and non-closing roles. I think he has provided value for this team, but he’s also been a significant part of the losses, which is unfortunately why we are where we are record-wise.”
Marmol has posted a 2-4 record with a dismal 6.08 earned run average, 31 strikeouts, five holds, two saves and three blown saves in 26 2/3 innings this season.
The Dominican Republic native has not given up a run in 5 1/3 innings while pitching in the sixth or seventh inning. The eighth inning gets worse as he has posted a 6.75 ERA with a .194 opponent’s batting average in 10 2/3 innings. However, in the ninth inning or later, he has an 8.44 ERA and a .341 opponent’s batting average in 10 2/3 innings.
Obviously, the numbers do not lie, which means Marmol should just stick to the sixth or seventh inning. Better yet, mop up duty might be the best way to utilize the pitcher considering he has struggled mightily in 30 appearances in 2013.