Chicago Cubs right-handed closer Carlos Marmol has allowed three runs over the first two games of the regular season. While it's not how the Dominican product would have liked to begin the new campaign, Chicago won both contests and manager Dale Sveum told reporters -- including Jesse Rodgers of ESPN Chicago -- that the team is sticking with the inconsistent finisher.
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When asked about Marmol's status as closer, Sveum told reporters that he's "not doing anything" to shakeup his current roster, while adding that "everyone is in the same roles heading into Atlanta."
Marmol received a quick hook in the Cubs' season opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates after he allowed one run on a hit and walk. He returned yesterday to attempt to close out a 3-0 game, but surrendered two more runs to the Buccos before ultimately escaping with his first save of the season. In total, the 30-year-old has allowed three runs on four hits and two walks while notching two strikeouts over his first 1 1/3 inning of work.
Based on his comments, Sveum seemed to be more content with Marmol surrendering hits than walks, noting that "we know things like that can get interesting" when the right-hander is on the mound. Whatever the case, Marmol's stuff hasn't been sharp over his first two appearances, and neither has his command.
Still, the Cubs will stick with the veteran closer -- at least for the time being -- hoping he can produce a dominant stretch that will allow the team to shed him and a portion of his $9.8 million salary for something of value.