3/26 Marmol "flat" in 2nd bad outing
Lou Piniella watched a little film of closer Carlos Marmol after Friday’s game. The Cubs closer served up a home run in his second straight outing in a 5-2 loss to the Athletics. Piniella felt Marmol was “flat” and wondered why.
“We’ll let Larry [Rothschild, pitching coach] work on it tomorrow,” Piniella said.
In his last two outings, Marmol has given up four hits and four runs over two innings.
“His mechanics are off,” Piniella said. “What he’s doing is showing the ball to the hitter quicker and he’s losing that nice depth on his breaking ball.”
The problem is Marmol was throwing more sidearm than over the top and his elbow was leading the ball. When you do that, Piniella said, “you lose that good snap. It was very evident in the film. It’s something to work on. That’s why it’s called Spring Training.”
— Carrie Muskat