I doubted Carlos Marmol as the closer.
Too many walks, too many hit batters…too wild for the ninth inning.
Marmol, however, is proving me all wrong!
He’s 5-of-6 in save situations…held the opponent scoreless in 13-of-15 outings…has 33 strikeouts in 16 innings pitched, which equals 18 Ks per nine innings…tops in all of baseball!
Marmol’s showing he’s still one of the game’s best relievers…and the right fit for the Cubs’ closer’s role, too.
But there’s just one problem…albeit, one that’s out of his control…the Cubs’ inability to give him a late-inning lead.
If…and it’s a BIG IF…the Cubs ever get it together offensively…Marmol’s looking at an All Star appearance…and the Cubs, a glimmer of hope for catching the Cardinals.