Carlos Marmol implodes again

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UPDATE: The bullpen choke is complete. Rafael Dolis stayed on to pitch the 10th and the Reds won it on a sacrifice fly. After a Dolis throwing error, of course.  Bad day for the Cubbies.

3:29 PM: As this post goes up the Cubs-Reds game is still going on.  But it shouldn’t be. And for that, we have Carlos Marmol to thank. Or blame, if you’re so inclined.

Ryan Dempster shut out the Reds for eight innings and Carlos Marmol took the hill in the ninth with a 3-0 lead. Then this happened:

  • Walk
  • Walk
  • Fielder’s choice/error, a runner scores
  • Single to load the bases
  • Walk, a runner scores

And with that it was 3-2 Cubs.  Rafael Dolis then came in to relieve Marmol, induced a run-scoring double play and then struck out the next batter he faced. It’s 3-3 in extra innings as this one goes to press.

Marmol is a hot mess right now.  As Dave Cameron just pointed out on Twitter, he has walked over 25% of the batters he has faced this year.  That’s just not acceptable.  Something’s gotta change.

Joe Maddon: “I have a defensive foot fetish.”

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The Cubs’ defense — or lack thereof this year — has been a topic of conversation as it could help explain why the team hasn’t played at the elite level it played at last year.

Manager Joe Maddon tried to go into detail about that but ended up channeling his inner Rex Ryan. Via CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney.

Well then.

The Nationals have scored 62 runs during four Joe Ross starts

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If, in the future, Joe Ross ever complains about a lack of run support, point to his first four starts of the 2017 season.

Ross started on April 19 in Atlanta against the Braves, on April 25 in Colorado against the Rockies, on April 30 at home against the Mets, and on May 23 at home against the Mariners. In those games, the Nats’ offense scored 14, 15, 23, and 10 runs respectively for a total of 62 runs, or an average of 15.5 per start. Ross was the pitcher of record for seven, eight, 10, and 10 runs for a total of 35 runs (8.75 runs per start), which would still make him the major league leader in run support by that restrictive standard.

Among qualified starters — Ross did not qualify — entering Tuesday’s action, the Rockies’ Antonio Senzatela led the way according to ESPN, averaging 7.11 runs of support in nine starts. The Rockies scored double-digit runs in only three of those starts, oddly enough.

Per the Nationals, the 62 runs of support for Ross is a major league record in a pitcher’s first four starts of a season.