RedHopeful wrote:GiantsFan14 wrote:the thing is, i'm pretty sure lou has been using marmol correctly so far. what makes the 8th different than the 9th? he needs to be using marmol in the most high leverage situations whether that be in the 8th, 9th or even earlier. if the heart of the order comes up in the 8th then marmol should pitch in the 8th. if the bases are loaded in the 7th and lou needs someone to limit the damage, he should bring marmol in. by anointing marmol the lone closer, it makes it harder for lou to deal with fans and media when he needs to use him correctly. he says that there will be opportunities for both pitchers, and thats exactly what he should say because it's the correct way to handle a bullpen.
While this is probably true, it doesn't work like this in baseball. The "best" relievers are given the closer role for a couple of reasons. One, they have proven themselves to be their team's most trusted finisher. While I agree one inning/situation is as important as another, you still need to anoint one person to be relied on to finish every game. It's as important for the team's psyche as it is for the game's outcome.
Two, there are rewards for being the team's bull. With the added pressure, the closer is given the most recognition plus monetary benefits. Most relief pitchers covet this and it's well known how Marmol feels about it.
I don't know the pulse of Chicago's fans/media, but I expect they'd prefer to see Marmol in the closer role rather than going with someone else who seems to struggle one too many times in the 9th.
None of what you said is a reason to put Marmol in as closer and it DOES work like this in baseball. If anything the other relievers can pitch with more ease knowing that Marmol is there to come in if they get in trouble. The Cubs have no reason to try to increase Marmol's value or his potential payoff. If anything the opposite is true. If he requires being a closer with his next team then the Cubs can promise him that then but that doesn't change anything this season.