I wrote an article over at FanHouse this morning about the Cubs decision to announce Carlos Marmol as their closer heading into the 2010 season. I may have been a little hard on Marmol with this statement.
While this is good news for Marmol, it’s more a result of Gregg stinking in the closer’s role, more so then Marmol beating him out for the job.
Since taking over the closer role Marmol has a 2.93 ERA and an 1.80 strikeout to walk ratio (18:10 K:BB). Digging a little deeper I found that Marmol has a 1.93 ERA in save situations and a 5.74 ERA in non-save situations. It looks as if the really poor pitching came when Marmol was in a set-up role, not as a closer.
Could Marmol be a completely different pitcher as a closer versus a set-up guy?
I’m not sure that there is enough data to figure that out yet. I do know that his walk rate still scare the crap out of me and I cannot see how he’d enter the 2010 fantasy baseball season as a top-notch closer.
Here are a few other tidbits about closers:
- Huston Street is set to throw a bullpen session tomorrow as he tries to return from his biceps injury. When he does return, he’ll not retake the closer role immediately. Franklin Morales will still be the guy for the next little while.
- Jose Valverde had an extremely high temperature on Sunday and was quarantined from the rest of his team as they flew to Cincinnati and he stayed back in Houston. LaTroy Hawkins will be on the mound in the 9th until Valverde is well enough to rejoin the team.