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Wednesday, June 20th, 2018



The love for Kerry Wood is nice. It would be somewhat Hollywood if he came back and won the closer job.

But you can save it. Thanks, but no thanks. I’ll take Carlos Marmol.

Marmol recently said he would like to be the Cubs closer. He should be.

He continued his dominance in the Dominican League playoffs, allowing just one hit and no walks or runs. He K’d 19 in 12 innings. The linked article also points out that the Dominican Playoffs have rosters filled with major leaguers.

This after Marmol broke bats and bent knees throughout the 2007 season, posting a 1.43 ERA and striking out 96 batters in just 69 innings.

Wood has thrown only 40+ innings over the last 2 seasons and has been injured more times than you can remember. So why would you even think about going into spring training with Wood as closer–knowing that the continuity of your bullpen will likely be scrambled in the process?

Start with Marmol–don’t tell me he’s not ready. Should he falter then you give the ball to Woody or Howry, assuming Wood is even healthy.

  • http://www.windycitysportsblog.com WindyCitySportsBlog.com

    Couldn’t agree with you more…

  • http://thewaywardbus.wordpress.com Mike O’Donnell

    I testify.

    And please let’s get this Roberts deal done so that we don’t have to hear Lou already placing Fukudome in the 5 spot.

  • dhaab

    Marmol should close, BUT his control is spotty. I also have to add that he’s got horrible mechanics and I think his elbow won’t last long before he will be dealing with injuries.

  • Big D

    Geez, dhaab! Your like ShlepRock. Gloom and doom. You must me a joy to be around.

  • dhaab

    I’m not a Cubs fan, Big D, so I’m realistic. ;)

    I just think the way Marmol throws his slider, he’s putting huge stress on his elbow. But make no mistake, the man has FILTHY stuff and I’d love to have him pitching for my Cardinals. I also know I’ll be drafting him fairly high in my fantasy baseball league. :)

  • http://zonersports.com Zoner

    Woody probably has worse control than Marmol. I suppose Howry has the best of the 3.

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