Cubs manager Mike Quade said that while Carlos Marmol remains the closer, “we’ve got to get the guy fixed and back to who he is.”
Marmol said Friday, one day after blowing his seventh save that “we have to figure it out” and he would watch film to try and correct the problem.
“There’s mechanical work to be done when you go through situations like this,” Quade said. “I think the last time I saw him really, really sharp was against the White Sox.”
In fact, since the July 3 game against the Sox, Marmol has gone five straight appearances without a strikeout. He will work with pitching coach Mark Riggins on mechanical issues.
“Work and game are two different things,” Quade said. “Everybody goes through tough times and adjustments and this is one of his. But you don’t want to lose sight of the fact that this guy’s been darn good for a long time. It’s not like he’s been falling apart (for years).”
Quade said he would most likely use left-hander Sean Marshall for some late-inning situations where the opposition has “a dangerous left-hander in the lineup.”