4/6 Braves 6, Cubs 5

It’s only five games into the season, but Carlos Marmol may have lost his job as the Cubs closer.

B.J. Upton led off the ninth with a game-tying home run off Marmol and his brother, Justin, followed one out later with a walk-off blast, his second homer of the game and fifth of the season, to lift the Braves to a 6-5 victory Saturday night over the Cubs.

Dale Sveum said they would discuss Marmol’s role, and may consider using Shawn Camp or James Russell as closer. Set-up pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa didn’t have his split-finger pitch, and was roughed up as well, giving up three runs on four hits in one inning. Marmol now has served up five runs on six hits over 1 2/3 innings in three games for a 27.00 ERA.

“We’re definitely going to talk about it now,” Sveum said about Marmol’s situation. “Fujikawa struggled, too.

“You’ve got Camp and Russell, who seem to be pretty efficient when they pitch,” Sveum said. “They’ve never had to do the last three outs of the game.”

It’s tough to pinpoint Marmol’s problems.

“I don’t know whether it’s mechanical, the arm angle or what,” Sveum said. “When he throws strikes, he’s getting hit now, too.”

Trailing 5-4 in the ninth against Marmol, B.J. Upton launched a 3-1 pitch to straightaway center. After Jason Heyward flew out, Justin, who had homered in the first, drove a 1-2 pitch to center for the game-winner. This was the first time the brothers have homered in the same game with the Braves, and the 25th time in baseball history that brother teammates have connected in the same game.

Marmol said the problem was locating his pitches.

“I tried to do my best,” he said. “I’m trying. I’m trying to do my best. I’ve got my confidence. They hit my pitch.”

— Carrie Muskat


His confidence? He sucks plain and simple

Lol before was his command, and his inability to throw strikes being as nasty as it can get, and now kinda throws strikes but get hit like jamie moyer, way to go

Hey, Carlos just has to shake it off,for that matter the rest of the team does too!!!

Seriously, you didn’t read it here a few days ago and take notice? You didn’t get it last year, the year before, the year before????? He is not a major league pitcher!!! Why – oh why – do we waste our time trying to fit the round peg into the square hole? Might be a nice guy, I dunno. But the guy is no MLB pitcher – get over it. Quickly. Theo, Dale, Jed……………….you’re all smarter than that!!!!

OMG!! It was so nice to see the guys scoring runs. It was so depressing to see the game being given away again. Marmol trade him bench him just don’t play him.

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My Wish For Today – I want to hear that Marmol is no longer our closer!!! Period, exclamation mark, done! His pitching days are OVER. The fans are demoralized, the team is demoralized, now it is time to cut the strings and find a decent closer. Still early in the season and we have time to correct this horror. The guys played a great game last night only to be shot down by Marmol. Fuji didn’t help BUT it was Marmol’s job to maintain our lead. Period!

I was watching this game with my dad and he was like “Marmol is coming in.” OMG I was so mad! I wanted Camp to come in! I was literally yelling at the screen, “NO PUT IN SHAWN CAMP!!!” But no one listens to Isabel -.- LOL

Then Marmol messed it up…

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