Travis Wood was brilliant – and looked very sharp – through six innings, and the Shawn Camp/James Russell tandem locked down the 7th. Kyuji Fujikawa was solid in the 8th. End of string of thoughts.

Nate Schierholtz, with a two-run homer in the 9th, tried his best to ensure that those panicked about seeing Carlos Marmol in a one-run save situation could relax. But we know better than that.

But, as I said: whew.

april 4 box

  • a_mazz_ing

    20.25… That is all. Great closer ERA.

    • JulioZuleta

      Obviously he’s been awful, but looking at the ERA of someone who has thrown 1.1 IP is never convincing at all.

      • Jeremy

        True, but that ERA would have been higher had they left him in the first game… Bottom line is Marmol is bad at his job and it’s time to cut ties.

  • https://twitter.com/sperls13 sperls13

    Please cut Marmol.

    Time. To. Move. On.

  • daveyrosello

    Release him already. Cripes.

    • cedlandrum

      meh over reaction.

      • Rcleven

        Carlos Marmol has saved 21 of his last 22 save chances

        • BT

          Is that really true? Do you have a link that proves it? I have some Sox fan friends I’d love to show that to.

          • Kenster

            im not quite sure If it Is 21 out of 22 but Its in that range so dont be surprised when you look It up

        • LWeb23

          okay. while i’m not in the boat that says CUT HIM NOWWW, that is not a good way to evaluate him. he gave up 2 runs today and got a save. saves can be misleading.

        • Mrp

          Yep and nobody other than the Angels wanted anything to do with him and we know how they trade ended up. If others were interested, he would have been traded this off season. I think the charade is up and we can trade him for a bag of balls and move on.

        • Spencer

          What a great example of a worthless statistic.

      • David

        thank you for being sensible. It would be easier for Theo & Co. to trade him if he wasn’t making 9m this year, and it’s not like the cubs have a young gun waiting in the wings to replace him. There really is no point in trading him until the Cubs can get a fair return. Releasing him won’t benefit the Cubs either; it’s not like the cubs are going to contend this year, so aside from a few meaningless early season games the Cubs have nothing to lose by continuing to throw him out there in hopes of him figuring it out, thus strengthening his trade value.

        • BTC

          I agree with a lot of what you’re saying, but we have been throwing him out there to figure it our for a while now. He is too inconsistent as a closer. He either does really good for a while and then sucks the rest of the time. It makes no sense to release him yet, or trade him. We get nothing. If we stick him in the 7th or 8th he will probably do better and increase his trade value. How many years will it take him to figure out the closing spot, it does no good to just leave him in that spot any more.

  • Don

    Marmol’s trade value is zero. Put him in the 7th or 8th. You couldn’t get a six pack of beer for him now. 9.8 million for this talent.

  • MichaelD

    It can’t be very common to give up more walks plus hits in one inning than the rest of the team combined and get a save.

    • DarthHater

      It’s a new stat called: “the marmol.” 😛

      • Caleb

        Its like getting “Munson’d”

      • danimal8

        Value over Marmol replacement?

      • North Side Irish

        The guys on ESPN’s Fantasy Focus podcast were trying to come up with a name for it after his performance in the opener. Basically, a RP comes in and blows your ERA and WHIP with a horrific .1 IP. Used to call it a Dirty Fuentes after Brian, but at least with that you got the save.

        • LWeb23

          I was literally thinking about the 06010, and how i can’t wait to listen to them make fun of him tomorrow morning. haha

        • MichaelD

          How about an Axford?

  • brunsmk

    Wow is all I can say. Great pitching all series by the starters. Kind of expect this to be the way the year goes. Lots of close games because of their starters and a pretty good bullpen this year (minus marmol). Timely hitting today was the key. Good way to start the year with a series win on the road.

  • Jeremy

    time for FO to cut their losses with Marmol and just give him away for nothing.. let’s move on already… Heck maybe buy him a first class ticket to Japan and tell him to have fun on the house for the next year…

  • Chad

    I can’t possibly see how keeping marmol as closer is helping his trade value, probably more like killing his value. Maybe he would have some value in the 8th or 7th, or as a bat boy. I don’t know, but he can’t close anymore.

  • cjdubbya

    So Marmol has given up more runs than the starters thus far, right?

  • ETS

    So again, why don’t we have dan haren? I’m serious.

    • MarmolSucks

      Totally agree. Who cares if he has a bad back and can’t walk by the end of the year. Still would be better than Marmol. Just get rid of him.

  • http://www.justinjabs.com/blog/ justinjabs

    Boo stats. Boo “SV”

  • cerambam

    3 hits, a walk, and 2 runs scored in 1 inning by a closer who is historically wild and inconsistent to a team that has been pretty much shut down offensively over 3 straight games is something to get at least a little worried about.

  • fromthemitten


    • cerambam

      Again, this is not two outings. I am not saying Marmol should be cut, that is ridiculous. But, I already wanted to move him down in the game because he has not been consistent for quite some time. We have some quality closer options in fujikawa and even russel. I think marmol’s trade value is and has been very unappealing for quite some time now. The best course of action should just be to win games, not build his value because it is capped anyway.

      • LWeb23

        Agree 110%. Don’t cut him. Don’t trade him. Pitch him in the 6th inning or in garbage time.

    • hansman1982





    • TonyP

      I think the reaction takes into account the last 2-3 years. This is his Modus operandi . (He was very good however last year after the first couple of months)

    • MichiganGoat

      That’s the first sign of Marmoling infecting the brain.

  • fromthemitten

    I’m more upset over the awful overall offensive performance over this series than the performance of one pitcher

    • Jeremy

      it is pretty bad when about 4/5ths of the lineup doesn’t even have a hit yet… that is truly more concerning… And some of those guys are downright bad.. too many K’s too.


      • Koyie Hill Sucks

        And Valbuena who everyone knew would suck, yet they can’t find someone better and just as cheap?

    • MichiganGoat

      But but but 3 hits 3 runs – that’s economical 😉

    • DocPeterWimsey

      The elements certainly played a role: the Pirates didn’t hit all that well, either. Of course, neither offense is going to get a chapter in Moneyball II.

  • Featherstone

    I’m really starting to like Nate Schierholtz. He’s not going to win any MVPs but hes a solid player who gives you a good at bats and plays best in a platoon with his splits. The bullpen looks solid beyond the obvious culprit.

    • LWeb23

      Don’t forget his defense.

    • http://Isa Voice of reason

      You know you’re a true cub fan when you start to watch players who suck and you start to like them.
      Schierholtz is a fifth outfielder. The cubs paid him peanuts and because they don’t have anyone ready to play right field he gets the job by default.
      Schierholtz starting in right field is not a good sign! This team will lose a minimum of 90 games and they could without question lose another 100 games.
      That lineup is so bad it’s laughable!
      It’s like…. Really cubs front office and owners? This is the product you are trying to pass off as being competitive????? Please……

  • JulioZuleta

    I’m in class so I could only watch on MLB gameday. I don’t know if the computer was off, but 3 or 4 key pitches that Marmol threw were very much in the zone, but were called balls. Look the same on TV?

    • Adventurecizin’ Justin

      A couple of my buddies said he got screwed on one of the hits and the walk…they should have been K’s.

    • Spencer

      I thought he got squeezed on just one of the ball calls.

      • http://www.worldseriesdreaming.com dabynsky

        There was one that should have gone his way that would have changed the complexion of the inning completely. He had Martin with the 1-2 pitch, but Marmol’s reputation got the better of him I guess. Other than that I didn’t see a call that was missed.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        I also saw only one bad call (though it would have struck out Martin).

  • MichiganGoat

    The Marmoling is a serve condition that needs to be treated.

  • gutshot5820

    Bunch of sissies. Release all of their starters too, seeing how almost all of them have batting averages of .000

  • JulioZuleta

    Man, if you read the comments, no way you’d think they won.

    • JR

      Yeah, seems a bit negative. Marmol drama does that to fans. On a bright note, Wood looked really good today. And thru 3 starts their starting pitching has been very solid. Considering the Cubs have way better hitting than pitching in the minors, I consider this good news.

  • JR

    So the Cubs want to keep Marmol’s trade value high, obviously. But even if Marmol went on to be dominant until the deadline would a contendor really want him saving games for them down the stretch? Why not put him in the 7th or 8th, take pressure off him, and allow other teams to see him pitch where he’ll be pitching for them? His trade value is never going to be much. But, why not put him in a place where he’ll be most effective?

  • Roger Roper

    When you’re Marmol you aren’t going to get ANY close calls! Even the umpires know Marmols scouting report.

  • Bret Epic

    I’ve solved a few problems surrounding the Marmol situation. We shall put him in a jar costume labeled “Marmolade.” He will give fans autographed jars of his signature marmalade and throw breadsticks to the fans to dip them in. No more Marmol closing, a mascot for the team, and free Marmolade for all! It’s a win/win/win situation.

  • danimal8

    Release him after 2 games! Fire Theo and Co. after one year! Move the team to the burbs! Ahhhhh, give us free beer! All irrational, even though I do agree with the last one.

  • http://www.facebook.com/AnotherSpaceSong Bret Epic

    I’ll try to get a hold of Theo sometime this weekend with my genius idea.

  • fester30

    YAY first place! Gonna win the World Series!

  • Werner

    I was away at just the right moment to enjoy the win and save the Marmol throw-up coaster for another time. But I will be happy with 2-1 and generally solid pitching.

  • Farley Flash

    Not trying to make an excuse but try to remember Marmol got a bad no call that ended up hurting him. On the positive can Wood be for real and how about that bullpen outside of Marmol. Anyone going to the home opener on Monday? I’m going to watch the game from a rooftop for the first time.(Skybox on Sheffield) Taking my son and two of his friends from college. They are all three 21 and want to party at the game. What time should we get to the skybox?

  • Good Captain

    In 3 games, have we yet aggregated 10 hits so for this season?

  • cerambam

    testing my gravatar

  • Dale’s Ear

    I’m just glad T-Wood got the W. I know it’s not a very relevant stat anymore but still, it’s good for him to get some recognition for that effort out there today, dude looked good.