It has been a really tough year for Chicago Cubs closer Carlos Marmol. The 29-year-old has already blown two saves and has looked generally awful in doing so. Now, he has lost his job.
Cubs manager Dale Sveum called Marmol into his office before Friday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers and told him that he is no longer the team’s closer. Sveum plans on using some combination of James Russel and Rafael Dolis in that role for now.
Marmol has pitched in 12 games so far this season, lasting 8.2 innings. In that time he has allowed eight runs (six earned), eight hits and a home run. He has walked 12 batters while striking out just eight. His record currently sits at 0-1, with two saves, and he has a 6.23 ERA and an atrocious 2.31 WHIP.
Those numbers are simply horrendous. Marmol is in his sixth year and by now the shakiness that has characterized his career should have been solved. Last season he saved 34 games but also blew 10 chances.
With the kind of raw stuff Marmol has, that is simply unacceptable. After struggling for so long I have a feeling he’s going to need to do a lot to prove he’s ready to return to the closer role.
In the meantime the Cubs need to find someone who can fill that role and reliably handle the ball late in games.