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News: Kevin Gregg Out As Chicago Cubs Closer

CHICAGO - MAY 16: Kevin Gregg #63 of the Chicago Cubs leaves the field after giving up two home runs, two singles and hitting a Houston Astro batter on May 16, 2009 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Astros 5-4. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Michael WagnerSenior Analyst IAugust 18, 2009

It has finally happened, Lou Piniella has come to his senses on Kevin Gregg as the Chicago Cubs closer.

After last nights game against the San Diego Padres, in which Kevin Gregg gave up four runs in the bottom of the ninth for his sixth blown save, Lou Piniella stated that, "I think we're going to make some changes as far as what we're going to do late innings."

Piniella also said of Gregg's performance that, "[The tough losses] all end the same way—with a home run ball. We'll see what we'll do. I'm going to think about it tonight."

Cub fans have been calling for Gregg's head for weeks and the reason that Gregg is such a poor closer is because he has such hittable stuff. 

Piniella will consider Carlos Marmol and Angel Guzman for the closer position.

Marmol has the electric stuff that you would like to see at the closer position, but he has had a difficult time throwing strikes.

Guzman, on the other hand, has been far more consistent out of the bullpen but has never really gotten a chance to close games in his career.

Even though Marmol is inconsistent and Guzman has never been a closer in his career the two of them seem to be better options than Kevin Gregg.

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