Cubs Demote Closer Carlos Marmol

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Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Carlos Marmol has always been the type of pitcher where when he’s on the mound, you don’t want to leave your seat because anything can happen. It’s not unusual for him to strike out the side, or give up a three-run home run. The team has had enough of his erratic play, and he has been removed from the closer role.

This season, Marmol appeared in 12 games and gave six runs, giving him an ERA of 6.23 and a WHIP of 2.17. Not exactly the kind of stats you want from your closer.

Marmol found initial success as a closer; in 2010 he saved 38 games while blowing just five games with a 2.55 ERA. 2011 was a different story for Marmol though, he blew 10 saves last season and registered a 4.01 ERA.

Cubs closer Dale Sveum has yet to name who will officially take over for Marmol.

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