All Spring I’ve been pushing for Marmol to be the Cubs’ closer and for Marquis and Dempster to get the remaining rotation spots over Lieber.
Two out of three sounds good to me.
Considering the setup roles are so important, having Marmol and Howry there will be great come the regular season. And when a lefty is called upon, if Pignatiello is called on to replace Eyre as the lefty coming out of the bullpen, I feel confident there too. Also, while I believe Marmol should be the guy over Wood, I feel good about having him there as in insurance in case Wood gets hurt…which history shows, there is a great chance that will happen. Until then though, hard to argue with Wood getting the go-ahead considering he has had a great Spring, still yet to walk a batter.
So here we have it…our rotation and our closer. I’m so glad we don’t have to worry, or wonder any longer about how Piniella wants to put this team together. I like the way the team looks and as soon as a couple more bats can get hot, we’ll be good at the plate as well as on the mound. Speaking of which, I wonder if Marquis’ words after his first Spring start had anything to do with him getting the fifth spot in the rotation as opposed to the third (which went to Dempster). I’m glad Marquis will be happy with the situation as I didn’t want to see him be the reason he leaves the team by forcing/requesting a trade. If the club thinks they can improve themselves by dealing him, so be it. I wonder if maybe the Orioles were holding off on the Roberts trade to see what the Cubs were going to do about their rotation and then wait to see if they could get the odd man out included instead of taking someone like Marshall in a deal. I think our bullpen will be plenty strong even if Lieber is sent to Baltimore so it will be interesting to see what happens. (Listening to the game right now and Derosa just blasted a three run shot, his first HR of the Spring…great to see him back, healthy and crushing fastballs over the wall…4-1 Cubs!)
Before wrapping this post up, just want to thank Mark and MLBlogs for showcasing Prose and Ivy today on the MLBlogosphere in the Spheroids section. You can read it here. If you’re here as a result, welcome and I hope you have a good time reading my blog. To everyone else, thanks for coming back and I look forward to hearing from all of you throughout the season! Feel free to leave comments or chat live about Cubs baseball.