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Marmol (The Broken Record aka Beating the Deadhorse)
Posted 31 May 2012 - 01:18 PM
A few weeks back, the Cubs mercifully shipped Marmol onto the DL, so that he could be "fixed". He had, best as I can tell, just one rehab appearance with Iowa, in which he pitched AN inning, striking out three (of course this is AAA) and walking one. To me, the key is that little phrase, "walking one". He's not fooling AAA batters, and especially not MLBers.
So, yesterday, into the game trots Marmol, in the 7th, with the Cubs still in the game, down just one run and well within reach. (uhh... didn't we hear that Marmol wouldn't be placed into that kind of situation for a while?!) First batter flies out to LF. Second batter WALKED. Third batter WALKED. About this time, (probably even after the FIRST walk), the proverbial giant hook should have been making its way to the mind to send Marmol to the dugout, but noo... he was kept in. One out, runners at 1st and second.
Fortunately, the next batter flied out to RF and the last batter struck out. I guess that's what I (we) should focus on.
Marmol's main issue was not being able to find the strike zone. Secondary to that, when he finally DID find the strike zone, the batter was regularly able to hit it a long distance... way too many HRs. Not being able to watch the game, I have no idea how close either of those two flyouts were to cresting the wall, but had either of these gone out of the park, it would probably have put the game out of reach and forced the Cubs and their fans to suffer another defeat.
I KNOW he isn't intentionally bad and he is trying his utmost to perform well, but I don't think he's any closer to being "fixed". Thankfully, I think he got lucky yesterday and was able to escape with a scoreless inning. I can only hope that Sveum and company aren't looking at Marmol like he's now ready to do battle, thinking that he's "fixed".
Posted 31 May 2012 - 01:41 PM
What are we going to do? We're Old Mother Hubbard, and only Marmol's in the cupboard.
Hell, I'd send Mother Hubbard to the mound before I'd send Marmol out there in a "pressure situation" until he's proved that he can consistently find the strike zone... maybe cut his walks to strike out ratio a little?!
Posted 31 May 2012 - 04:45 PM
I think a lot of people need to get off his case. He's notoriously shy (he came from a really small village in the DR) and I don't know if the intense fan/media scrutiny is doing him anything good. His problems could be mental
Posted 01 June 2012 - 09:52 AM
Really don't think Sveum thinks that he is fixed. The day Marmol was brought back up he was up in the pen and not used. I think Dale's head is about to explode with what he has been given to work with. Dale kept bringing back Dolis until he had enough and shipped him off to Iowa. There is just no place to ship Marmol off to.
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