Chicago Cubs: The Carlos Marmol Crisis

August 12, 2009 by  

On Tuesday night, the Chicago Cubs lost to the defending-champion Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 in extra innings. The game was lost on a home run off Kevin Gregg, but the debacle began when Carlos Marmol entered the game.

Marmol's had issues all season and nobody, including manager Lou Piniella, has an idea of why Marmol has been so bad at times this year.

He hasn't been able to locate the strike zone, and is throwing a significantly higher percentage of early-count breaking balls than he did when he was overwhelmingly successful in 2008.

What's the problem with Marmol, and how should the Cubs deal with it?


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