Marmol Out as Cubs Closer

According to reports from David Kaplan, Dale Sveum has informed Carlos Marmol he is no longer the closer for the Chicago Cubs. Marmol’s new role has not be defined yet according to Kaplan.

Sveum said that he considered removing Marmol from Thursday’s game in Cincinnati after the first two walks. Sveum told Kaplan he was still the closer at that point but after the third one, that was it.

According to reports, Rafael Dolis and James Russell will be used to close games based on matchups.

Carlos Marmol is 0-1 with a 6.23 ERA and a 2.31 WHIP this season. In 8 2/3 innings he has walked 12 and struck out eight. The Cubs will continue to use Marmol as a reliever, to what extent is unknown at this point.

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  • Texcubnut

    This move had to be made sooner, rather than later!

    • Texcubnut

      Eventually, I would like to see Batista, Maine or Rhoderick be give n chances as closer or eigth inning setup man.

      • cubtex

        I agree. Maine has closer stuff!

        • paulcatanese

          You guys from Texas are pretty smart:)

    • paulcatanese

      Yes, like after the first six pitches.

  • Cheryl

    His defined role should be on the DL or the minors. Wherever he would now appear he’s going to get a lotof boos from the fans and that won’t help whatever’s wrongwit him.

    • paulcatanese

      Agree 100%. If Sveum brings him back in a couple of days, he will be included in the boo’s. Not a good situation for either.

  • GaryLeeT

    Marmol can work in relief……..comic relief. He can be the guy that does that funny sliding around on the tarp during rain delays.

  • cubtex

    So if you make Russell the closer….now you don’t have a LOOGY to use in late innings which is why I wish they kept Maine up.

    • BosephHeyden

        Left handed specialists are overrated, especially for the Cubs.  When Russel was in that role, he usually wound up walking his one guy, and then was promptly pulled out, wasting a pitcher (and a roster spot since that was all he was being used for).

      Way I figure, if the Cubs are in a situation where there’s a left-handed batter that hits righties really well and they have to use a reliever, it’s going to be because it’s a late inning spot or the pitcher already got beat up to the point where the Cubs aren’t in the game anymore anyways.

      The Cubs can get fancy with their pen setup once they’ve become a team that’s actually in the fight for a playoff spot, which, as of right now, they’re a 10 game winning streak away from.

      However, it wouldn’t kill them to have kept Maine up.  If they’re not going to use Lendy Castillo but want to keep them, they could just as well throw him on the 60 Day DL like they did with Dave Patton, but that’ll likely ruin him, so just letting him go back to the Phillies makes more sense at this junction.  I wouldn’t necessarily use Maine as purely a LOOGY, since he’s shown he can get everyone out, but having a second lefty isn’t a bad thing.

      • cubtex

        Remember that Nats series? It is very important to have a lefty specialist. They needed one to face LaRoche and ex cub Chad Tracy also killed us with a couple of pinch hits.

  • Chadaudio

    Welp.  Buckle your seatbelts… Dolis walks a lot of batters…

    • John_CC

       Everyone keeps saying this but the truth is not that he walks too many, it’s that he doesn’t K enough. 

      Dolis has issued 8 BB in 15.1 IP.  Which isn’t great but it really isn’t close to as horrible as Marmol.  The problem is he only has 4K which makes his ratio awful. 

      But let’s give the kid a chance, for crissakes, I mean we all want to see someone else get a shot.  Dolis has great “stuff”, he just needs to learn how to miss more bats.  He’s only 24, with the nasty heat he throws he can and should improve that K rate with experience.

      At least I hope so. 

      His WHIP is 1.24 – I know, not great but considering the walks and lack of Ks it says that he doesn’t give up a lot of hits.  His BAA is low, .220 or so and he doesn’t give up longs balls. 

      I’m trying! I’m trying to be positive about this…ugh

      • mutantbeast

        Dolis does generate a lot of grounders. Right now, hes a better option than Marmol or Wood. 

  • John G

    Marmol to the Yankees. Rothschild can straighten him out.

    Or not!!!

    Who can say?

    • BosephHeyden

       It’s unlikely, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t all be trying to force it to become a large trade rumor.

    • Ripsnorter1

      I don’t think Marmol is done. He still throws hard. I really think he’s just sick and tired of waking up sick and tired.

      A change of scenery to the Yanks would probably revitalize his career. I do think Rothschild could straighten him out.

  • BosephHeyden

    I love Russell’s attitude towards this whole thing.  Best quotes:

    “Closers have to be a little messed up, and I fit that”
    “We’ll burn that bridge once we come to it”

    I know there’s a few of us (myself included) that want to see Russell transitioned a bit slower into a righty/lefty type of guy, but the fact he seems pumped to get into the role makes me think he may not be such a bad choice.  Kid’s enthusiastic about it all, and that’s definitely not a bad thing (it’s also something that seems a bit lacking from most of the rest of the team).

    • cubtex

      The only small problem is that he doesn’t have closer stuff :)

  • Metroacs

    Marmol pitched well with Larry Rothchild in 2010.  Yankees need a closer and have Rothchild.  Theo?  do the math

  • JoeS_SanDiego

    See what they can get from the Yankees from them now that they are desperate for a closer.