Should the Cubs part ways with Carlos Marmol
The worst part about seeing the Cubs lose a six game hot streak is seeing them lose because of questionable calls and pitcher slumps. Coming into last night’s game the Cubs were outscoring their opponents 36-12, with a Grand Slam in back to back games and stellar pitching performance. Jeff Samardzija took the mound to try and help the Cubs secure another series sweep. Samardzija struck out 11 in 6 1/3 innings, escaping bases loaded jams in the second and fifth innings. There was however a couple of questionable calls in the first and second innings. With two outs in the first inning, Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero hit a single to first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who snagged the ball behind the bag. After receiving the ball from Rizzo, Samardzija chased Montero to first, but first-base umpire Toby Basner called Montero safe. TV replays showed that Samardzija had beaten Montero to the bag and he was in fact out at first. The second questionable call came in the top of the second inning with one out. Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock hit a bouncer to second baseman Darwin Barney, who threw a routine ball to first, beating the runner. Again Basner called the runner safe. Cubs manager Dale Sveum had seen enough. Sveum rushed out to Basner to argue the call but was ejected from the game after crew chief Joe West separated the two. Again, TV replays showed that Barney had thrown out the runner at first.
Two questionable calls early in a game could be a recipe for disaster for a team, but the Cubs have been hot and it would take more than that to cool them down. The first batter Samardzija faced, Gerardo Parra, he served up a solo homerun but was able to calm down and move steadily through the D-Backs lineup through seven. With a high pitch count (115), Samardzija was replaced by reliever James Russell. Russell came out with runners on first and second with one out in the seventh. He was able to quickly put away the first man he faced. He then walked Martin Prado and came within one strike away from ending the inning when Jason Kubel cleared the bases with a double, giving the D-Backs a 4-3 lead. Cubs Right Fielder, Nate Schierholtz, tied the came up in the bottom of the seventh with a solo homerun. This was the last hit the Cubs would have all night.
Here comes Marmol. Cubs fans can all agree on one thing and that is that Carlos Marmol is not having a very good season so far. The former Cub reliever has given up four homeruns, fourteen runs, and has walked seventeen men in twenty four appearances. Last night Marmol threw 30 pitches, 17 of which were strikes, and walked four. After the last walk, Marmol loaded the bases which ended with a result of Paul Goldschmidt connecting with a grand slam giving the Diamondbacks an 8-4 lead. Many fans on Twitter have had enough of Marmol and think that it is time that Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer should release him. Kevin Gregg has taken the closing role from Marmol and has shown that he can handle it. Also the Cubs signed Kyuji Fujikawa in the off season in hopes that if Marmol had another slump they would have a back up to replace him. Now that Fujikawa is having to undergo Tommy Johns surgery, they don’t have that back up for Gregg. Many Fans still think that the Cubs would be better off parting ways with Marmol.
Hopefully the Cubs will be able to snap back into their grove against the D-backs and start another streak.