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August 21, 2010

Game 123: Questioning Decisions

Filed under: Featured,General — Joe Aiello @ 11:06 am

Strike One – Watching the 9th inning yesterday gave me a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. When Carlos Marmol walked the first hitter, it’s always a red flag that maybe bad things are on the horizon. Ryan Dempster did it in the 4th and the 6th innings and one of those runners came around to score. Instead, Marmol pumped three straight fastballs to Derrek Lee and simply over-matched him. Things looked good at that point until two more walks to McCann and Gonzalez. At that point, I pull Marmol. I don’t care if his strike out rate is a shade over 16 per 9 IP. When you’re wild like that it’s not going to end well more often than not and in my mind it’s better to scrap the closer at that point and go with anyone who can throw strikes and induce a ground ball. That guy was Sean Marshall, who is the only one on the staff (starters included) that have a GB/FB ratio over 1.00. He was available, has shown he can be reliable in tight situations and would have come in to face two favorable matchups. He would have turned Cabrera around to hit righty, which is not his strength, and faced a left handed Ankiel.

Strike Two – I can’t seem to understand the logic in recalling Wellington Castillo to replace Geovany Soto on the roster when he doesn’t get a lick of playing time. Since being recalled, he’s seen one start and just six plate appearances in favor of non-hitting, Koyie Hill. I love Hill. I like that he’s on the team….AS A BACKUP. If you’re going to elect to give him the starts in Soto’s absence, then why recall a kid that could use more at bats in the minors to get the experience? Let him ride it out till the end of the minor league season and then recall him to get a big league look. Instead, they should have made room on the 40-man roster for Robinson Chirinos to come up by putting John Grabow on the 60-day DL.

Strike Three – Along the same lines, now that Lee is gone, you’ve got to see what you have with Tyler Colvin at first base. At this point, it doesn’t matter if he gets killed over there because the losses that pile up just mean we draft a little closer to the top in June. Let him give it a shot to see if he can be the answer over there next year or if that is a postion we need to look outside the organization (via trade or free agent) to fill.

That’s Strike Three and I’m Out….

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  • Buddy

    This may sound crazy, but Marmol is one of the players I would be shopping this winter. First, his value will never be higher. Second, as good as he’s been, he’ll probably end up with only 80 innings or so. Those 80 innings shouldn’t be that hard to replace next year if you can get a nice collection of young talent in return. Finally, he’s WAY too wild to sustain any sort of long-term success. This year is his peak. Sell high Jim Hendry!

  • Rich Beckman

    I agree about Castillo. I like Hill, too. But the more he plays the less I like him. He called out the team on a lack of fundamentals, but he displays the same lack with some frequency.

    I think Marmol’s wildness is connected to his lack of work. More save opps and Marmol pitches better.

    I would still prefer to try Soriano at first before Colvin. Just to see.

  • lizzie

    BTS afterwards:

    Scott = 3
    Doug S. = 1
    mrbaseball2usa = 1

    With Castro and Byrd not hitting pretty much everyone is taking a beating. Good luck today!

  • Anthony Odarczenko

    I agree especially about Castillo. There is no excuse to bring a player who needs the playing time and experience up to big leagues to just sit on the bench when he could be developing in the minors. If you want him to sit on the bench, let him do that after the minor league season. They’re wasting valuable time as the clock ticks on this year’s minor league season.

  • mastrick

    Piniella is old and washed up, he’s no better now than Dusty was when he finished in Chicago. I don’t care what he does I’ll just be glad when he’s gone. What Hendry does with the older guys on the roster will determine whether or not we need a new manager that can work with kids (Sandberg) or a good prick manager (Brenly or Valentine.) Any of the three will be better at filling out lineup cards than Old Tired Lou.

  • kingdomusa

    Marmol will be fine. One of those 3-2 count that was a walk could have easily been called a strike on the corner of the plate.
    Castillo is a better prospect than Hill who can’t hit with any consistency.
    Now is the time to split Soriano & Colvin time at 1b & LF. Forget Nady & Baker …lets play young in some areas like Barney over dewitt too. I feel that we gained nothing in trading Lilly & Lee. I thought the 3 pitchers from atlanta all had losing records. Correct me if I’m wrong.

    Remember, Ricketts says the Cubs future is on Hendry’s shoulder. That should make most of cubs nation real happy.
    Move hendry to President, move Crane Kenney to conscessions,
    tell Rothschild to move on with Lou & bring in Maddux for pitching & ryno to manage. He’s ready. Keep Jaramillo.

  • Buddy

    For his career, Marmol walks six batters per nine innings. He’ll never be better than he is right now. In fact, he’ll be much worse.

  • Doug S.

    I’m all for shopping Marmol.
    I’m guessing he doesn’t get better.

  • Larry Sproul

    We are looking at the end of the Lou’s career . Nothing makes sense at times . The Castillo move is just another example that Lou could care less .

    Nothing for Lilly then nothing for Lee . Most fans had no faith in Hendry before this year . Gotta think that number is going up . Ricketts needs to get involved and give some direction . Would the late George Steinbrenner sat back and let this go on in N.Y. ??

  • Rich Beckman

    “Nothing for Lilly then nothing for Lee .”

    The Cubs got five prospects for those two. If they had not been traded, they would have left via free agency and the Cubs would have gotten what for them?

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