nolanwood wrote:Crippler wrote:Bloody Sox wrote:Not sure how you could possibly be so definitive with that 'no' response, given that Pinella has not gone to Marmol as his primary closer over the last two years even when he was (apparently) the best option (see: Kerry Wood in 2008, Kevin Gregg in 2009), presumably because he likes him so much in a setup role.
Its probably more of a lack of faith in Guzman...dude gets one save in the what...15th inning?...and all the sudden people are discussing him as a closer option? The only reason he even came in was because every other option was already used.
Wrong. The 15th inning save has nothing to do with it... Lack of faith in Guzman? He didn't pitch earlier in the game because he threw June 2, 3, 5 and 6. When he came into the game in the 15th, there were only 2 pitchers left in the bullpen (Gooz and Marshall), and Lou had stated before the game that both would have the day off.
I think Gooz would make an excellent temporary replacement for Marmol setting up Gregg. If you followed the Cubs at all, you'd notice how dominate Gooz has been this year. He's been throwing all his stuff for strikes, added a cutter (which has been effective vs. righties), and he's always had a live fastball. You'd also notice that Lou has already been using Gooz in high leverage scenarios. Guzman has a career plagued with injuries, but it appears this one time top SP prospect is finally healthy and is excelling in the bullpen. Guzman has clearly been the best pitcher in the Cubs pen this year.
You're right, he has been the best arm in the pen this year...pitching in the 7th inning of most games. Who says he can handle the pressure of closing games. If anything, he needs to stay where he's at while Marmol figures out what is wrong with himself. IMO it takes more then 2 good months of a season before a player should be deemed worthy. But anyway, I'm bowing out because I don't want to turn this into another back and forth that clogs up this thread.