Carlos Marmol’s job is safe

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Carlos Marmol lost his targeting last night, walking the ballpark, giving up five runs and blowing the game in the ninth.  Despite this, Mike Quade says that Marmol’s job is safe. Here’s Quade:

“That was pretty bad. That was as bad as I’ve seen him. Still, you feel he has a chance to pull it together but not tonight.”

It’s not like the Cubs have a better option. And it’s not like this means that Marmol is toast either. You’ll recall back on May 31st he had a similar meltdown against the Astros.  After that he went 16-straight appearances without giving up more than a single run, with most of them goose-eggs.  He’s dominant.  Everyone goes a little mad sometimes.

Report: Steven Wright arrested on domestic assault charges

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WEEI’s Rob Bradford reports that Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright has been arrested on domestic assault charges. Bradford posted a screenshot that says Wright was arrested  on Friday evening and released Saturday morning. Along with domestic assault, Wright was also charged with prevention of a 911 call.

The Red Sox released a statement, which Bradford also provides:

We are aware of the incident involving Steven. This is certainly a matter that the Red Sox take very seriously. It is my understanding that both local police and MLB are looking into this and for that reason, the club won’t have any further comment at this time.

Wright’s lawyer, Alex Little, released a statement on behalf of the Wright family. Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston has that:

On Friday night, Steven was arrested at our home following a verbal argument, and the police charged him with domestic assault. Although he said things he deeply regrets, he did not raise his hand at anyone during the incident, and the situation was purely emotional. We are working together as a family to make our relationships stronger, and we ask that you respect our privacy as we do so.

Wright, 33, made only five starts in 2017 due to knee problems. He had season-ending surgery in May. Over parts of five seasons, the knuckleballer owns a 3.97 ERA in 287 2/3 innings.

Wright can be punished by Major League Baseball even if the charges end up dismissed. Victims of domestic abuse often don’t pursue legal action against their attackers and don’t cooperate with authorities for various reasons, including fear of revenge. We saw this with the Aroldis Chapman incident. He was still suspended 30 games.