6/17 Some Marmol numbers

With Kevin Gregg unavailable Sunday after pitching four days in a row, Dale Sveum turned to Carlos Marmol in the ninth with a 3-0 lead against the Mets.

Sveum felt the Cubs’ 3-0 lead was enough cushion for Marmol, who entered in the ninth. But Marmol gave up a solo home run to Marlon Byrd, then walked Lucas Duda and served up a single to John Buck. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who was batting .103, then hit a three-run homer for the walkoff win.

“All the other innings, he’s done a pretty good job,” Sveum said. “He’s having trouble with those last three outs.”

Marmol said: “You blow the save and lose the game. It’s tough. I left the pitch up, and it was right down the middle.”

One thing to keep in mind, Marmol has not been horrible every time he’s pitched, but when he doesn’t have success, it usually is late in games, and dramatic. In the month of May, Marmol compiled a 3.48 ERA over 11 games, giving up four earned runs — and three of those came in one game, May 4 vs. the Reds — on eight hits and four walks over 10 1/3 innings. Prior to Sunday’s game, he had appeared in six games, including an outing June 1 against the Diamondbacks when he was charged with four runs in one-third of an inning. Since that outing, he appeared in five games, had given up two hits and one run while striking out three.

Since April 8, which was his first outing after having the closer job taken away, Marmol has appeared in 27 games, and has not given up a run in 25 of those outings. Eleven of the 13 earned runs off Marmol since April 8 have come in three appearances (May 4, June 1, Sunday).

Teams were hitting .229 against him going into Sunday’s game.

This season, Marmol has thrown 58 percent sliders, 42 percent fastballs. When he’s ahead in the count, he throws 72 percent sliders, and when he’s behind, he’ll throw 52 percent sliders. With two strikes, he throws his slider 87 percent of the time.

Another stat to consider: Batters are making contact on 47 percent of his fastballs, compared to 39 percent of his offspeed pitches.

For those who want the Cubs to trade Marmol, remember they need to find another team who feels the right-hander can help them. We’ll find out more about what Sveum and the Cubs do now with the right-hander later today in St. Louis.

— Carrie Muskat


The league recognizes Marmol is a one-pitch pitcher. His FB isn’t strong enough to get outs consistently and good hitters lay off the slider. He’s been around long enough for scouting/video and the hitters have adjusted. Marmol hasn’t adjusted. One thing is for sure: Marmol at this point in time is not a closer.

Everyone seems to know this fact except for Sveum. Marmol is not a closer! How can we get Sveum to hear this?

Something is terribly wrong in cubsland, I’m too new a fan (though 80 years of age)
to be making critiques…….however…….here goes. I fear that morale is very low.
I feel so badly for most of the hard working young players, The front office should
perhaps keep their noses out of the game plans, NEXT fire Dale S. and make
sure Marmol goes with him. Let the assistant manager from the minors run the
show. I am so glad I didn’t watch that debacle last night.


Mary, Mary, Mary – How I do love thee! You are 80 wonderful years of age and you are “spot on”! So glad that you have joined our group of posters. Please keep your ideas and thoughts coming. A delight to have you on board!

Aw, c’mon people. It’s apparent that “the suits” don’t care about winning ball games as long as the attendance numbers continue to be good. I’ve been watching for nearly 70 years, and since the “Trib” people found the key to market the park & “lovable loser” angles, the tune has pretty well stayed the same—“Patience, Fans, we are developing players in the minors.”

Evidently Sveum is a “suit” in “cubs clothing” because he sure is acting like he has NO stones or say when it comes to Marmol or Soriano. Just keep playing them because he has no other choice. WRONG. MANAGERs have choices….they just need to be made. Sveum could have CHOSEN another pitcher other than Marmol and if THAT other picture blew the game at least Svuem CHOSE NOT to allow Marmol to blow the game which is closer to a foregone conclusion day after day. Sveum is fast becoming the Cubs “MISmanager”

For those who want the Cubs to trade Marmol?????????????? Uh….I think us fans are way beyond wanting THAT Carrie. That ship has sailed. Fans want him RELEASED.

herer.. say it loud and clear he hurts the team just taking space! Even when he was so called good he would go through the same …

Joey made the point I wanted to make. Can`t see any team wanting this guy. Release him. It will amount to addition by subtraction.

Thanks jhosk. Remember the good old days when addition by subtraction was actually routinely viable? THIS Cubs’ team is so RIPE for addition by subtraction, starting with Marmol and Soriano.

Rumor has it Detroit wants Kevin Gregg, but the Cubs want Marmol included in the deal. With Marmol’s effectiveness recently (outside of the 9th inning), and Gregg unavailable, Cubs brass probably wanted Marmol to get some more showcasing so he can be packaged in a trade to someone. Not gonna happen now unless we eat the rest of his salary. Let’ convert him back to catcher!

Well then somebody got greedy by showcasing Marmol AS A CLOSER. We should no longer expect anything for either Marmol or Soriano due to all the “showcasing” so far this season….

Lets convert Marmol as a “Fan” in the bleachers.

Only way Marmol gets traded is if you include Rizzo or Castro in the trade package.


That’s f-f-f-f-f-f-f-f-f-f-f-Frightening!

Relax Mary, Hendry is long gone……

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