It felt like a big punch to the gut yesterday when the Mets scored 4 runs off Carlos Marmol in the 9th to steal a victory and avoid the sweep. Marmol was in the closer’s role because Kevin Gregg had worked 4 days in a row.
I know Marmol has been a lightning rod because of his struggles this season (and early last year too), but what is maddening is the inconsistency. Lately, he has had some very quick, low-pitch innings which have served as teasers of sorts.
He has appeared in 30 games this season and has pitched shutout ball in 21 of those. In 5 of the 9 in which he’s allowed runs, he’s allowed more than 1 so it seems like he either has it or he doesn’t — very little in between.
The bottom line is obvious at this point. Yesterday’s performance pretty much seals the fact that Dale can’t use him in closing situations, even as a fill-in, anymore.
Personally, I’m saddened because Marmol has been a fixture here for a long time and has never shied away from his responsibilities to his teammates or the media. Internally, he really is the kind of guy you root for. But results are what matter and when teams lose games like that, it is devastating for everyone involved.