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Struggling Marmol removed from closer role

Cubs manager Dale Sveum says he has decided to take Carlos Marmol out of the closer's role. Sveum says he talked to Marmol in his office on Friday morning, and the right-hander understood the decision. The first-year manager says he plans to close games by committee for now, featuring right-hander Rafael Dolis and left-hander James Russell. The move comes one day after a particularly...

Sveum: Marmol out as Cubs closer

Carlos Marmol is no longer the closer for the Chicago Cubs, manager Dale Sveum said Friday. The move came the day after Marmol blew a 3-0 ninth inning lead in a 4-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. Sveum said left-hander James Russell and right-hander Rafael Dolis will share the closer duties. "I called (Marmol) into the office and told him he is not the closer right now,"...

Reds 4, Cubs 3(10)

Wild Cubs closer Carlos Marmol helped Cincinnati rally for three runs in the ninth to tie it, and Scott Rolen hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning that swept the Reds to a 4-3 victory Thursday and two-game split. Marmol let a 3-0 lead slip away by walking three of the five batters he faced, allowing Cincinnati to tie it with only one hit in the inning. It was his third blown save...

Chicago Cubs Ryan Dempster returns to face the Reds and prepares to hit the casino.

CHICAGO- The Cubs have activated RHP Ryan Dempster from the 15-day disabled list. Dempster’s been on the mend for just north of two weeks thanks to a right quad strain. Tonight he will return to face the Reds in Cincinnati.  The 35-year-old had an impressive 1.33 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 23/8 K/BB ratio through his first three starts. What’s more impressive is another outing that...

Cubs' Dempster, Wood activated from DL

The Chicago Cubs activated right-handed pitchers Ryan Dempster and Kerry Wood from the 15-day disabled list Thursday, while sending pitchers Scott Maine and Randy Wells to Triple-A Iowa. Dempster, who turned 35 Thursday, will start against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. He is 0-1 with a 1.33 ERA in three starts this season. He missed time with a strained right...

Diamondbacks Court Disaster for Cubs at Fitch Park

Dundee-Crown HS alum Ryan Court reached base five times on two doubles, a single, and two walks, leading the Diamondbacks to an 11-4 drubbing of the Cubs in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa, AZ. Stephen Drew (2011 broken ankle rehab) arrived at Fitch Park after the game started and played the middle three innings at shortstop...

It won’t be a lost season for the Chicago Cubs

It is sad to look up in the middle of the work on a Thursday, see the Cubs are winning 3-0, think, “you know what, this team isn’t all that horrible,” and then check 60 minutes later to see they lost in extra innings thanks to most recent staging of “Captain Carlos’ Walk-A-Thon.” Sound like your Thursday afternoon? Yea, I can’t quit them either, and since that is the...

Dodgers topped by Cubs in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) -- Paul Maholm pitched six crisp innings for his third consecutive win and the Chicago Cubs held on for a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday. Maholm (3-2) allowed one run and three hits while improving to 1-5 with a 4.91 ERA in nine career starts against Los Angeles. The left-hander has won his last three outings after dropping his first two, allowing...

Cubs 5, Dodgers 4

Paul Maholm pitched six crisp innings for his third consecutive win and the Chicago Cubs held on for a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday. Maholm (3-2) allowed one run and three hits while improving to 1-5 with a 4.91 ERA in nine career starts against Los Angeles. The left-hander has won his last three outings after dropping his first two, allowing three runs over...

Game 26 Thread - Maholm vs. Billingsley

Right now, the Cubs have 14 Home Runs on the year, Matt Kemp 12...the race is on. If you're in the area, apparently there are some $4 tickets available thanks to the wonders of dynamic pricing. I'd certainly pay that to Kemp play. Dodgers Cubs Gordon, SS *DeJesus, RF M. Ellis, 2B *Campana, CF Kemp, CF Castro, SS *Ethier, RF *LaHair, 1B Rivera, LF Soriano, LF...

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2012 Fantasy Baseball, Closer Rundown: Mariano Rivera Carted Off, Another Carlos Marmol Fail & More

Mariano Rivera (credits below) Saves are stupid.  This insanely flawed statistic repeatedly causes managers to misuse their relievers.  A team’s best bullpen arm is often its closer which means the team’s best reliever will often protect a three run lead in the 9th as opposed to pitching in higher leverage situation like a tie ball game in the 7th.  And as fantasy owners the...
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