Carlos Marmol sucks.
This is not new information to Cubs fans, who have watched the once-electric closer lost his job less than a week into the 2013 season. Marmol’s been awful, going 0-1 with a 27.00 ERA with a 4.80 WHIP and .600 opponent batting average in three appearances before manager Dale Sveum finally pulled the plug.
But this being the Cubs, I got to wondering if this was the worst week for a closer in team history. A popular debate amongst Cubs fans is “Who is our worst closer ever?” and there are plenty of choices when you consider that Joe Borowski was one of the best.
My personal go-to for worst ever is Mel Rojas, though my friends are willing to throw out names as varied as Rick Aguilera, Antonio Alfonseca, Kevin Gregg or the washed-up version of Goose Gossage. However, those answers are usually based on the emotions associated with a particularly devastating series of blown saves.
When you crunch the numbers, who actually comes out on the bottom?
Dave Smith, 1991