Lilly on Marmol

Carlos Marmol begins play on Tuesday four holds shy of 63, which would pass Paul Assenmacher for second on the Cubs’ all-time list since 1957. Marmol also is second in the Majors with 13 holds.

“When Carlos Marmol is on, and he’s throwing the ball like he’s capable of, and he’s throwing strike one, I don’t think it matters who he’s facing,” Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly said. His stuff is that good.

“He’s got great confidence and he’s very competitive,” Lilly said. “He expects a lot out of himself and you can see that. I think a lot of other guys can learn from watching him pitch, even if you don’t throw 94 [mph]. He’ll get a little wild every now and then, but I’ve never seen him have any hint of laying down or backing off of anything. He goes 100 percent every time he gets the ball. If you’re someone who watches the game, he’s a good guy to watch, not just because of his stuff but his attitude.”

— Carrie Muskat

1 Comment

I do agree that Gregg is not a permanent closer. But he is a decent band aid until Carlos gets some consistency. Him and the big Z have the same issues with excelence. They where their heart on their sleeve. I aslo agree that enough money has been invested in Kerry. Like Mark Grace his ship has sailed and it was time to part ways. The only problem with Marmol being slotted in the closer role could have totally stopped his progression. He isnt ready. He would have had a ton of BS. Then what do you do? Discard him like everyone else? No you bring him along slow and you can use him along the way. Like the closer role the setup man is just as hard to fill and he is the best in that.

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