As a dedicated Carlos Marmol watcher, I’ve been biting my tongue about something. But I can’t any more. Something’s wrong.
Take a look at the speed of every fastball Marmol has thrown since 2007 (based on my own pitch classifications). He’s had dips, but nothing like this.
This doesn’t even include last night, and he took what looked like another step down during what has got to be the worst outing I have ever seen out of him. He’s thrown a lot of innings for a reliever, appearing in just about half of the Cubs’ games since 2008. Maybe he’s overworked. Maybe he’s hurt. Either way, I’m worried and I can’t hide it anymore.