Piniella on Switch to Marmol as Closer: Kevin Gregg Blew the Game Too Quickly
August 18, 2009
(San Diego, CA) – The Chicago Cubs are reeling, and the depths of the darkness seem to know no bounds. Last night, the Cubs took a 1-0 lead into the 9th inning, only to have closer Kevin Gregg give up an unbelievable four runs in the bottom of the frame.
Although it probably isn’t enough to shake the rest of the club into productivity, it was enough to shake Kevin Gregg out of a job. Manager Lou Piniella decided after the game that Gregg was out as closer, and just moments ago, he announced that setup man Carlos Marmol would replace Gregg.
But given Marmol’s penchant for unnecessary drama, why did he get the call?Marmol leads the National League in hits batsman, and has walked nearly as many men as he’s pitched innings. Still, Lou Piniella says he’s the guy to replace Gregg.
“Look, I like this Marmol kid,” Piniella opined before Tuesday’s game. “Kevin Gregg is a nice guy, a good kid. But he just wasn’t getting the job done. And even worse, when he wasn’t getting the job done, he wasn’t getting it done too fast.”
Piniella was apparently alluding to Gregg’s propensity to give up game changing home runs, which happen in the blink of an eye.
“See, it was time for a change, and this Marmol kid is going to do things differently,” Piniella continued. “Now, we’ve got a guy who will blow the game, but he’ll do it nice and slow. We can savor it a bit more.”