Reporting Matt Abbatacola
CHICAGO (WSCR) With the Chicago Cubs leading 1-0 in the ninth inning of the first half of Wednesday’s Cubs doubleheader, Carlos Marmol walked Cameron Maybin, who would eventually score on a sacrifice fly to tie the game.
“It’s typical Carlos Marmol,” the Score’s Matt Abbatacola said on the Danny Mac Show. “He doesn’t have great control of that fastball, he can’t place it. I think that’s going to be part of his career, but I also think that helps him being so deadly with that slider, becuase hitters don’t know when it’s going to come [or] where it’s going to go. That fastball he doesn’t control all the time helps, but that’s part of the game.”
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Despite not shutting the door on the Padres, there’s no reason to worry about Marmol. His lack of control shouldn’t come as a surprise to any Cubs fan.
“It’s his second blown save of the season,” Abbatacola said. “The Cubs were able to bounce back and win the game [Wednesday] with that Reed Johnson home run. That’s Carlos Marmol, that’s how he is, that’s how he’s going to be. If you don’t like it get off the Cubs train becuase that’s what that guy is as a closer.”
Marmol may blow a save or two becuase of his control issues, but he also has the potential to be one of the league’s most dominant closers.