It didn’t seem possible, but former Chicago Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol is actually worse now than he ever was during his awful run as the Cubs’ closer. He’s so bad this season, that his new team the Miami Marlins have demoted him to AAA New Orleans yesterday.
Marmol became public enemy no.1 after two and a half bad seasons as the Cubs’ closer. In 2010, he was very solid, getting 38 saves while blowing five saves. These numbers were not horrible, but the next season started a downward-spiral for the Dominican pitcher.
In 2011, Marmol broke the 30-save plateau again, earning 34, but also blew 10 throughout the season, while also having an ERA over 4. He posted the lowest WAR since his rookie season, with a 0.5 rating. The following season he had a better save percentage and ERA, but also saw his WHIP balloon to 1.54, a horrible number for a closer.
In 2013, Marmol was so bad, he was not only demoted from the closer role, but then traded to a team that was desperate for any help in their bullpen, the Los Angeles Dodgers. With the Cubs, Marmol had two saves while blowing three, and had an ERA close to 6. While he performed much better with the Dodgers, in a much smaller role, the team didn’t offer him a contract during the off-season. That leads us to the Marlins.
This season, Marmol may be the worst pitcher in the entire MLB. In 15 games, Marmol has an ERA that stands at 8.10, a WHIP of 1.95 and blew the only save opportunity he was given en route to being 0-3, before his designation for assignment.
It’s just strange to think how Marmol and his nasty slider went from an All-Star to the worst pitcher in baseball. Those that watched him knew he had major control issues, but him turning into a walking walker, if that makes any sense, has been sad not only for Cubs fans, but for any person who has ever pitched in a baseball game. Control issues are so demoralizing, and seeing it happen to somebody who we all thought would be a good closer for years to come, is depressing.
Marmol is someone who I could see coming back into the majors soon, as he still can strike out a lot of hitters. If he gets his control down in the minors, he can fit almost any team that needs a solid reliever to pitch in the middle innings.
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