Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Marlins – 07/14/11

Game Ninety-Three: Cubs (37-55) vs. Marlins (43-48)
Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Matt Garza (4-7, 4.26/1.34) vs. Anibal Sanchez (6-2, 3.58/1.23)

After a much-needed break for the Mid-Summer Classic, the Cubs return to the field tonight and open a 10-game, 11-day homestand with the first of four against the Florida Marlins. The Cubs will face the Phillies for three starting Monday and the homestand ends next Sunday with the last of three against the Astros. Starting with the Houston series, the Cubs will play 13 straight against NL Central foes, but by the time the Cubs make their way to Pittsburgh on August 1, the 25-man roster could have a few new names on it … as well as a few subtractions.

The Cubs swept the Marlins in a brief two-game series in Miami nearly two months ago (May 18-May 19). Since that series, Jack McKeon has taken over and the Fish are 11-8 under Trader Jack and won their last five before the break.

The Cubs have 70 games remaining on their 2011 pocket schedule and are 20-26 at Wrigley this season. Tonight it all begins with Matt Garza

Matt Garza put together a decent first half for the Cubs and some might say he was the best starter on Mike Quade’s staff. Garza is coming off one of the worst starts of his career. Garza was very efficient for two innings and actually struck out four of the first 10 batters he faced … before it all fell apart. The Nationals pounded hit after hit and chased him before he could record a single out in the third inning. Garza allowed seven runs, six earned, on eight hits with a walk and a strikeout in the second shortest outing of his big league career.

It was a very forgettable night for Matt Garza … but a very memorable one for the Chicago Cubs.

Garza has been solid at Wrigley this season (3-3 in eight starts with a complete game, 3.27 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP). The last time Garza pitched at Wrigley he ended up on the losing end of a complete-game. Garza must continue to limit his walks as well as keep the ball inside the Friendly Confines.

Garza did not face the Marlins back in the middle of May and is 3-1 in four career starts versus the Fish with a 5.09 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP.

Marlins Career Numbers against Matt Garza

  • John Buck – 3-for-9 with 2 doubles and a walk
  • Mike Cameron – 0-for-9
  • Chris Coghlan – 4-for-5 with 3 doubles and a triple
  • Greg Dobbs – 1-for-3
  • Wes Helms – 1-for-3 with a home run
  • Omar Infante – 1-for-2 with a triple
  • Jose Lopez – 6-for-24 with a double and a triple
  • Hanley Ramirez – 3-for-11 with a triple, a home run and a walk
  • Gaby Sanchez – 2-for-4 with a walk
  • Mike Stanton – 1-for-3 with a home run and a walk

Anibal Sanchez, like Matt Garza, is coming off a rough end to the first half … but for Sanchez it was his last two starts. Sanchez has not pitched past the fourth inning in each of his last two starts and has given up 12 runs on 13 hits in his last 7 2/3 innings. The Phillies pounded Sanchez to the tune of five runs on six hits in four innings … but the Fish still won the game, and that’s all that counts.

Sanchez is 0-1 in his last two starts with a 14.09 ERA and a 2.61 WHIP.

Tonight will be Sanchez’s tenth road start of the season … 3-2 in nine starts with a 3.65 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.

The Cubs did not face Sanchez in the two-game set in Miami and the former first round pick of the Boston Red Sox (2001) is 1-2 in three career starts versus the Cubs with a 6.91 ERA and a 2.16 WHIP … at Wrigley Field, 0-1 in one career start with a 13.50 ERA and a 3.25 WHIP (six runs on nine hits with four walks and five strikeouts in four innings).

Cubs Career Numbers against Anibal Sanchez

  • Marlon Byrd – 1-for-3 with a double
  • Starlin Castro – 0-for-1 with 2 walks
  • Blake DeWitt – 2-for-5 with a double and a walk
  • Kosuke Fukudome – 0-for-2 with 3 walks
  • Reed Johnson – 1-for-3 with a triple
  • Carlos Pena – 2-for-3 with a home run
  • Aramis Ramirez – 1-for-3 with a double
  • Alfonso Soriano – 4-for-19 with a double, 2 home runs and 3 walks
  • Geovany Soto – 2-for-5

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    Fukudome – RF
    Castro – SS
    Ramirez – 3B
    Pena – 1B
    Byrd – CF
    Soriano – LF
    Soto – C
    Barney – 2B
    Garza – P

  • Brp921

    Let’s get the second half started with a win!

  • Ripsnorter1

    Over the last 13 series, the Cubs have heroically managed to win one of them. That’s right, folks. The Cubs are 1-12 in their last 13 series. 

    • Bryan

      I guess that means “we’re due”. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_R65T7II7FYX7HGQW2XLHDDWJRQ Agustin

      I second Aaron….First Pick Baby!!! let’s go get it!

      • BosephHeyden

        I dunno:  despite actually winning three games in a row at one point, the Astros seem to have a team that actively manages to be worse than the Cubs.  Might be a close one.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_R65T7II7FYX7HGQW2XLHDDWJRQ Agustin

          But historically they are a second half team…we might have the edge there!! plus if there is a tie, they already kicked our butts in the reg season series!!! getting swept might actually pay off ^**^

      • Brp921

        We’ll really be good if we get the first pick, since we’re just three to four moves away from challenging for the division.

      • cubtex

        If your gonna have a bad season….might as well make it really bad to get the 1st pick. No ping pong balls in the mlb :)

  • Demitri

    Hmm Florida fired their manager once they started losing… Does Hendry believe we are gonna make a comeback with our experienced vets?

  • Ripsnorter1

    Men, 

    The Cubs have no money to sign a #1 pick in the draft. They aren’t even doing a good job of signing the ones they drafted this year. 

    MONEY PROBLEMS.
    I really think MLB is having them.Dodgers bankrupt.
    Mets on the verge of bankruptcy.
    Marlins close upper deak to say money.

    Cubs–P.K.Ricketts way, way, way overpaid for this mess. And he isn’t going to eat money to fire Quade! He is not signing the picks the Cubs made in the 2011 draft (the early picks). The Cubs are “fixed” for many years to come.

    And folks, I WANT LARRY ROTHSCHILD BACK. This Riggins fiasco has played way too long already.

    • cubtex

      Are you kidding me? First of all….you do realize that there is a ton of money coming off the books for next year.
      Secondly, are you seeing what they are doing in the international league?
      1.1 million for Enrique Acosta the 16 year old shortstop and then signed the #8 and another top 15 $ bonus players in Mark Malave and Ricardo Marcano.
      Ricketts is not a stupid man. He knew what he was getting into. You are right about him aquiring a team of high contracts but that can be fixed.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

        You realize that the Cubs gave DeVoss 47% over slot? Meaning if there was money problems and MLB knew about and they still pulled that crap then we would have a whole different problem because of the bylaws of the league. We have a debt problem right now on PAPER. Big difference between a Debt problem and being bankrupt.

    • J Daniel

      It is funny to hear people want Rothschild back!

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

        That is not wrong Riggins over matched. But it is funny. Never know what you got till they are gone. Would have the starting pitching laid such an egg coming out of the spring if Rothschild was here?

        • jw

          I think there might be a link…Rothchild may have been suppressed under Pinella and not an assertive guy but it was a poor trade down to bring in a minor league pitching coach

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Wind just kept that ball from Hanley in the park.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Good job by Garza getting out of the self-imposed jam

  • Ripsnorter1

    I am surprised that more trades were not made during the All-Star break.

    I am surprised that no managers were fired, either. 
    I am not surprised that the Cubs did not make any moves.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Byrd with a homer to left center …

    • Brp921

      The kid who caught the ball was wearing a Byrd shirt.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Hey, Garza covered first that time

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Kosuke with a nice running catch to end the top of the sixth

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

    way to take one for  the team Barney

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Painful RBI for Barney

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

    Way to burn a PH Quade. I understand bringing in Baker but dude there is a better way than to burn a player like that.

    • paulcatanese

      And how many times has Quade done that?

    • paulcatanese

      Richard, I was agreeing with you,not disagreeing. Quade has done that so many times, he really does not have a clue,don’t even know how he could be around baseball as long as he has.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Two very low strike calls in the bottom of the seventh

  • Ripsnorter1

    I never wanted Rothschild to leave. He did a good job, imo.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Brewers getting the snot knocked out of them by the Rockies. Hey, this would be a great time to bring in K-Rod to finish the game in a mop up role. LOL

  • Aaron

    This is why Quade is an amateur and shouldn’t be anywhere near an MLB team right now…at least in that capacity….Marmol would be yanked, or another arm at least warming up if he’s this off

    • Ripsnorter1

      Aaron, 

      In your infinite wisdom, can you tell me one single thing that Quade adds to a ML team? What thing does he do well enough to even merit wearing a uniform? Granted, he could possibly fulfill the duties of the bat boy, but even that is doubtful because he carries so much weight. Otherwise, he a total incompetent imo.

  • Aaron

    I’d be shocked if the Marlins don’t win this game

    • Aaron

      In fact, if Marmol is left in, I’d be shocked if a GS isn’t hit

      • Ripsnorter1

        Gave over. It was good while it lasted, but it didn’t last.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    What is Quade waiting for? Get someone up …

  • Kojak Osborne Jr.

    Marmol is killing softly with these walks

    • Kojak Osborne Jr.

      bases loaded marmol can not find the strike zone

  • Ripsnorter1

    Yank’s Bartolo Colon pitching like only he can (without steroids)–2/3 IP, 6 H, 2 BB, 8 Runs, 3 ER, and Yanks eat dirt 16-7. 

    A steroid free Andruw Jones hit 2 taters, having 6 now in 90 AB this year. .211 BA to got with 30 K’s in 90 ABs. They got Jones to play vs. LHP, but Curtis Granderson has decided that he can hit vs. LHP after all. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

    I keep thinking of Parkman from Major League 2 when ever Marmol comes in. Still doesn’t trust the fast ball.

  • jfish1219

    GOD THIS TEAM SUCKS

  • Aaron

    I’m not gonna lie guys…..this feels great. #1, I was right……#2, there is NO possible way this garbage can be ignored any longer…..NO WAY!!!!!!!!!!

    Fans were already beside themselves. Poor Brenly was beside himself that nobody was warming up…..

    Quade is the BIGGEST idiot manager I have ever seen in my life…bar NONE

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

    I wonder if Marmol has something against Garza this is his 4th blown save of his starts.

    • cubtex

      Garza should have at least 8 probably 9 wins this year.

    • cubtex

      I guess Marmol isn’t going anywhere now. Another player who we should have sold high on ealier this year. Now, they need to hope he bounces back next year and if he does…they better look to move him asap.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Carlos Marmol blows his seventh save of the year. Three of the seven blown saves
    were games Matt Garza was inline to win

  • Ripsnorter1

    3 runs in, nobody out, and after the lead is completely blown, now he brings in Mr. Clutch-less. This is GREAT management!!!

    Where is Kevin Gregg?
    Answer: on the suspended list for yelling at Mr. Fatboy “Big Pappy.”

    • Aaron

      Amen brother….like I said….how Quade remains is beyond logic…..this is now at least the 10th plus game he’s blown all by himself with his crappy decision making. True, players win or lose games, but they’re also put in positions to succeed or fail, and Quade has absolutely NO idea what that is. It’s not even in his vocabulary…just like modern scouting isn’t in Hendry’s vocabulary

      • Mike1040

        Amen!

  • jfish1219

    That last play was this season in a microcosm….lets get that #1 pick

    • http://twitter.com/JasonPenrod Jason Penrod

      What good is the number 1 pick if Hendry is the one doing the picking?

  • Brp921

    Our allstar manager strikes again!  

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Marmol should have been yanked after he walked the bases loaded. Another one on Quade.

    • Ripsnorter1

      If we can lose tomorrow, too, then we’ll be 20 games under .500 and we’ve got almost half of the season left. And Quade deserves so much of the credit for this.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

      It would not have mattered Wood can’t find the plate with a road map either

    • Bryan

      He should have had 2 guys warming up as the inning started, and then pulled Marmol after the second walk.  Guys, I think Marmol is “done” confidence-wise as a closer.  And I don’t believe Riggins can fix him. 

      • Aaron

        That’s why I said trade him…but, yet again, because dumba$$ Hendry thinks the Cubs are perpetually “in the race”, he won’t do anything until the player’s value had eroded entirely, then dump him for a pittance 

        • Bryan

          Aaron…100% agree with you on that. 

        • cubtex

          I agree on that 100%. I said the same thing above

    • jfish1219

      I don’t see how in god’s name he isn’t launched at the end of the year along  with trader bimbo. This is just flat out pathetic

  • Kojak Osborne Jr.

    This team makes me sick

    • Ripsnorter1

      Sounds like you need a souvenir barf bag. P.K. Ricketts could pick up some added sales by selling them in the ballpark.

    • jfish1219

      Booze Booze and More Booze that is the only cure for this

      • Ripsnorter1

        This explains why all the Cubs’ fans are such drunks. You have to do something to keep your sanity if you are going to watch this.

  • Brp921

    What year is this 2003?

  • Aaron

    Nice to see Quade get off his ass to stop the madness…..yanking the closer when he couldn’t throw strikes…Wait, that wasn’t Marmol he yanked after a couple guys got on, was it? Oh, right, it was Wood…..oops…game already lost, right?!?!?

    LOL…want so badly to punch him in the face for being so stupid

  • Ripsnorter1

    You watch folks: Brenly will get fired. He can’t keep his mouth closed as he watches this incompetent manager. Like Steve Stone, he’ll be on unemployment compensation when this season is over. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_R65T7II7FYX7HGQW2XLHDDWJRQ Agustin

      totally agree, funny thing is, he will be fired before Quade and JH.

  • Ripsnorter1

    I start remarking how I miss Larry Rothschild, and Marmol falls off the wagon. Riggins doesn’t know how to fix his mechanics like Rothschild did. 

    Too bad for Marmol. 

  • Ripsnorter1

    Kerry “No Clutch” Wood did a nice job for the Marlins.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Russell is a good LOOGY and he’ll probably be dealt off this season. I do not expect him to finish 2011 with the Cubs.

  • Bryan

    I still can’t recall a single game in which we thought Quade managed well.  How sad is that.

    • Ripsnorter1

      He’s worse than Jim Essian. And Jim Essian was the worst. Quade is the only guy on the entire planet that can make Dusty Eugene Baker look half way competent. Incredible, but true. 

      Hey, how do those Reds look with all the talent they have? Dusty knows how to break them of the winning habit and tear up a pitching staff!

      • Aaron

        You got that right….as much as I couldn’t stand Baker, at least he didn’t look completely incompetent.

        Honestly, how fans remain after this debacle is beyond comprehension….I honestly only watch, and look online, because I hope to see/hear “From the Wire….”
        then __________(insert name) is fired
        or
        _______(insert name) is traded

  • Bryan

    And Quade gets outmanaged by an 80 year old opponent!  Just comical to watch.

    • Aaron

      I love how Brenly and Kasper explained that McKeon isn’t afraid to pull guys mid-count if they’re not getting the job done.

      It was hilarious to watch….and SOooooooooooooooooooooooooo predictable, as usual….unfortunately

  • cubtex

    Even Hendry can’t honestly believe they are buyers now! Let’s see some trades!!!!!

    • cubtex

      I’m sure Garza would be first in line for a trade too after watching Marmol blow every save opportunity for him.

  • Joey U

    Why is Tony C is not leading off and playing CF with Bryd RF?  Where is Bruce Kim???/

    • Mike1040

      Tony C has speed and fire. I am so happy to see that someone else sees it besides me. Thanks Joey.
       Please God, we need one more kid to save all the inept, nohustle vets on this team.Amen.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 6-3 to Marlins. Carlos Marmol: 5R,1H,4BB,0K,0.0IP; Matt Garza: 0R,6H,3BB,6K in 7IP; Marlon Byrd: 1-for-4, HR; Soto: 4-for-4, 2B

    • Ripsnorter1

      It was a good game to watch. LOL

  • Ripsnorter1

    Funko fans–no RBI–but hey, it is just too small of a sample size, right?

    AAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
    Grandma had a better chance of getting an RBI in that situation!

    • Brp921

      I can’t believe that he would take a close pitch with two outs and two strikes in the ninth inning!!!

  • Nathan

    Almost went to the game today! Glad I didnt. Going tomorrow instead

  • cubtex

    Marmol just doesn’t miss any bats anymore. He couldn’t put away that pinch hitter with the bases loaded and no outs. Can’t strike anybody out these days. His slider is so flat. He must be hurt and not saying anything….that is the only logical explanation. He has been exremely hittable for over a month.

  • Brp921

    Will someone in this press conference please ask Quade why he didn’t warm up another pitcher. He is admiting he could tell Marmol didn’t have it out there.

    • Aaron

      where are you watching the press conference?

      • Brp921

        A portion of it was on CSN.

    • Aaron

      Also….keep in mind that nobody in that press room has the balls to ask questions that’d be remotely critical of ownership and management (both upper and field) for fear they won’t be allowed back in there.

      Consider Muskat….who is a moron, and NEVER says anything remotely critical of the team….she’s a beat writer, true, but she doesn’t even ask tough questions at all. It’s like I’m watching the previous presidential debate with the Bamster, and the media wouldn’t dare ask him follow-up questions  and you’re sitting at your tv set, screaming at them to just man up and ask the questions that EVERYONE wants to know…..

  • Aaron

    Marmol has blown 7 saves…….I’m trying to figure out how Quade sits on his ass on the bench, then looks perplexed at Listach as to why things are going wrong, and only after the game is over does he have him call down to the pen….

    I’m seriously wondering if he got hit in the head during batting practice one day, and has post-concussion issues. Quade is THE BIGGEST DUMBASS IN THE GAME RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Sorry I didn’t bleep that out Neil…I’m just so mad at Ricketts and Hendry for allowing this trainwreck to continue.

    Marmol can’t find the zone with the first 2 hitters. If I recall, there was 8 straight balls…maybe 1 strike in there….and there’s NOBODY even rustling in the pen. At what point does he think, “oh, he can wiggle his way out of this”…..was it after 8 straight balls, or 10 straight?!?!?

    • paulcatanese

      Agree with you, and everyone else on the site. Absolutly no excuse for not having someone warm up after the first walk or even when the inning started given the way Marmol has been pitching. True Marmol didn’t have it but the real error tonight belonged to Quade. I watched it, didn’t believe it, but there it was. I wonder if Ricketts was at the game?

  • cubtex

    I’m sure this game had McKeon think back to the Bartman game when his Marlins crushed every Cub’s fans heart.

  • Aaron

    Neil, 

    Can you use this headline, so management (who has to read this site) can actually get the point….

    “Second Half….A New Start…Same Result….Quade Caught Snoozing In the Dugout.”

    or….

    “Just a Bit Outside (Uecker’s voice)”

    or….

    “Marmol and Quade Were Busy on Their Knees” (you get the picture)

  • Aaron

    This is absolutely money folks….According to Rogers:
    Quade sticking w/ Marmol as closer:”Now is not the time or place to be making bold statements about changes.” 

    He would say that, because “bold statements about changes” means he’s out of a job…he CANNOT manage a MLB team….not even close. Additionally, the fact that Marmol has blown 7 saves, and couldn’t even come close to the plate with the first 3 batters, thus loading the bases, speaks VOLUMES about how dumb this guy really is.

    Is he waiting for him to blow 20 games before making a change altogether…or even making a subtle change, such as warming up guys when he does this again.

    • Brp921

      In the post game show Eric Karros touched on the idea that maybe its time to go with someone else in the closers role and let Marmol sit back and think about it for awhile.

  • BCT082002

    This team is a total joke it’s time to clean house. Start with Quade, Hendry, Marmol, Ramirez, Soriano, Fukadummy, And the rest of the clowns. I’m glad i haveN’t spent a dime watching this team of losers.

  • cubtex

    They can always bring Riggleman back on a 1 year deal :)

  • Tom U

    Zeke DeVoss had a double in his debut with the AZL Cubs.

    • Aaron

      and he’s 2-4 tonight with his 2nd RBI (last night was the game winner)

  • Aaron

    This also speaks volumes about how dumb the Cubs are as a whole…from an outside perspective:
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/videobeta/?watchId=07219829-3341-42a6-9ee6-09a0123b5721

  • Aaron

    Again guys….I come back to the fact that ANY GM worth his salt in the game…..actually in ANY profession for that matter, would not put up with such incompetence from a manager like that in any industry.

    Quade continues to show us that managers DO matter, and they can certainly turn the tide either way by their decision-making 

    I don’t know what Hendry is watching, just like I don’t know what Quade is watching half the time….but what do they say? Idiots love company, right? That’s why Hendry and Quade are the match made in heaven…you can’t write up a script like that for that level of incompetence…you simply can’t

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_R65T7II7FYX7HGQW2XLHDDWJRQ Agustin

    I think we made progress, Garza pitched great and we won most of the game…I guess you can’t win them all! ahahahahahaha!!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_R65T7II7FYX7HGQW2XLHDDWJRQ Agustin

    dude how old are you? Go back to the rock you came from.

    Neil you need to check ID to keep this kid away….

  • Aaron

    hitting the bed soon….wanted to update everyone on another signing. The Cubs signed 22nd rounder, RHP from HS in Canada, Ethan Elias. Both he and Marra played on the same junior national team, but Elias is not exactly anything special. Reports say he had one of the best sliders in Canada at 80-83 mph, which doesn’t say a whole lot. Basically, you can tell by that he sits high 80’s to low 90’s with his fastball. Could he add more velocity? Maybe….but don’t count on it.

  • Mike1040

    I wonder if Rickets, Hendry, or Quade read this site?
    If so:
    Tom, please wake up and fire Hendry.
    Jimbo, please wake up and fire Quade.
    Mike, please wake up and resign before you embarrass yourself any further.

  • Reggie

    If only someone had planted 3 kilos of a class A drug on Mike Quade when he was roughed up by the TSA agents in Phoenix.  It seems the only way to get rid of this clown.

  • Aaron

    Also, Cubs signed yet another UDFA in catcher Taylor Davis from Moorehead State….I’m seeing rumors on PSD (which is NOT even close to 100% factual most of the time, and I realize that), but they’re saying on that site that rumors are Baez will sign around $2 million, Maples will sign for just under $2 million, Vogelbach will sign for around $1.7 million, Zych for $400k, and they think Jacquez and Shoulder won’t sign at all, because Jacquez is not doing well in the California Collegiate League, so he won’t get big money, and Shoulders is asking for about $600k while the Cubs are offering about $100k supposedly. Outside of those guys, there’s not much else to report.

    I’d be thrilled if the Cubs got Baez, Vogelbach, Zych, Maples, one of Lockhart or Dunston, and one of either Urban or Jacquez to sign….Getting Jensen, Shoulders, Zimmer, etc. to sign would be icing on the cake, but as I’ve said on numerous occasions, the Cubs MUST sign some power bats and power arms, and those guys can help fill that void.

  • Joey U

    Marmol has lost the feel for his big pitch the slider and his velocity is down about 3-4 mph. My guess is that you can’t throw slider after slider and not loose it and it all also causes more stress on the arm. He has no confidence now. Put him back in a set up role and use Carpenter as closer and lets see what he can do.Allowing Rothschild to leave was a big mistake again Hendry the nice guy is fooled.We all the saying ” Nice finish last”!!