Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Thursday that he is considering removing Carlos Marmol from the closer role.
Marmol imploded yet again Thursday after inheriting a 3-0 lead against the Reds. After walking the first two batters he faced, Brandon Phillips then hit a potential double-play ball which went off Ian Stewart's glove to score a run. Marmol then gave up a single to Jay Bruce to load the bases and walked Ryan Ludwick to force in a run. The tying run scored after he was pulled in favor of Rafael Dolis and the Reds went on to win the game 4-3 in 10 innings. Marmol was charged with only one earned run, but he still has a terrible 6.23 ERA and 8/12 K/BB ratio over 8 2/3 innings. Sveum mentioned Dolis and James Russell as his only alternatives, which rules Kerry Wood out of the mix. Dolis and Russell don't inspire much confidence, either, but feel free to speculate if you need saves.