Astros 6 - Cubs 5: Worst Way to Lose

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Astros 6 - Cubs 5: Worst Way to Lose

. Wednesday, August 17, 2011



Losing to the Astros in their stupid choo-choo train park always sucks. Losing on a walk off always sucks. Losing on a walk off grand slam by a run sucks incredibly. Seeing your closer give his best Kevin Gregg impression blows.

All of these things we managed to see last night in one tire fire of a ninth inning thrown by Carlos Marmol. And frankly, I guess I shouldn't be surprised. Truth is, the Marmot tends to follow the "One Good/One Bad" rule familiar to those familiar with traversing several blocks in D.C. A demonstration, if you will:

2008: 87.1 IP, 2.68 ERA, 114 K, 0.927 WHIP

2009: 74.0 IP, 3.41 ERA, 93K, 1.469 WHIP

2010: 77.2 IP, 2.55 ERA, 138 K, 1.185 WHIP

2011 (so far): 3.47 ERA, 57.0 IP, 73 K, 1.386 WHIP

Remember how awful his 2009 was? Probably not, because we had Kevin Gregg, Aaron Heilman, and Jeff Samardzija shitting up the joint. But Marmol was decidedly non-filthy in his pitching. Look at that WHIP and tell me with a straight face that it's ok. It's fucking not. He's a little ahead of the pace this year, but the blowups are even more painful because we can't get within a dozen games of .500.

On the plus side, next year should be a fucking great one for him.

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