In Praise of Carlos Marmol

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.  I just wanted to praise one of Chicago Cubs prize closers.

Carlos Marmol has got to be one of the best closers in the business.  Not enough accolades has been given to him.  His strikeout per inning rate is 15.99 which is the highest by a reliever in history!  He broke Eric Gagne’s record which was set in 2003 at 14.98 when he was with the Dodgers. 

Marmol’s ERA is a low 2.55 with 138 strikeouts.

Now, he’s got a crazy delivery which should gain more control over time but you know what?  It works for him. Another fault he walks too many batters, but his ability to strikeout makes up for it.  At 28 years old, he’s got plenty of baseball ahead of him yet. 

This is one Cub that needs a raise and shouldn’t be leaving Chicago anytime soon.

Way to go Carlos!

–Mark Gauthier



  1. ronlang44 · November 26, 2010

    I love Marmol. He wasn’t even drafted as a pitcher so he is still progressing as a pitcher and a closer. He better get a good raise.



  2. Tom (Flushing's Finest) · November 26, 2010

    Marmol is a great, young pitcher who is going to do great things. He’s doing better than K-Rod the last couple seasons!

    Faith and Fear in Flushing


  3. tribe24_7 · November 26, 2010

    Marmol is a good talent. I am sure he is not a comfortable at bat though.


  4. diehardcubsfan4ever · November 26, 2010

    Carlos Marmol is awesome! I think he takes his eyes off of his target when he starts his delivery, which explains his wildness. If he could focus better, he would probably have more control. I also think he needs to develop one more pitch to go with his fastball and that nasty slider. I’m thinking a split-fingered fastball like Bruce Sutter used to throw. Think about it, a batter steps up to the plate looking for either the fastball or the slider, either way he can afford to sit on a pitch. If Marmol added a pitch that breaks straight down, how much more effective would he be? He’s awesome now, with that third pitch, he would be Hall of Fame material. He would dominate, especially if he can gain some command over his control. Nice post, Marmol doesn’t get enough credit, you are right. Good call. Happy Thanksgiving, Mark!


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