Cubs think Marmols game can be saved


Cubs think Marmols game can be saved

MESA, Ariz. Carlos Marmol and Dale Sveum were seen laughing together on Sunday at Fitch Park. This was the first workout, the perfect time for optimism.

The first-year manager hasnt had to sit through a ninth inning where Marmol loads the bases, or walk into the Wrigley Field interview roomdungeon after his closer blows the save.

Lets see how Sveum reacts when Marmol cant handle the heat. But for now the message is stop experimenting and get back to Marmols core strength unleashing the slider, which no one really knows where its going.

We might have just told him to wipe out the cutter he tried throwing last year, Sveum said. He admits it caused him a lot of problems and got him a little out of whack. (Hes) an impressive closer, but hes a slider guy (with) one of the best, (almost) unhittable sliders that weve seen in a long time.

When I was in Milwaukee, (our hitters would) come back (to the dugout) and they were like: What is that pitch? I dont even know what that is. And I remember watching it on video leading into a series and Im like: What is he doing? What is that? Is that just bad sliders? We kind of laughed about that.

Marmol led the majors with 10 blown saves last season. The year before, he converted 38-of-43 chances and struck out 138 hitters in 77-plus innings. New pitching coach Chris Bosio has made a few suggestions to keep his mechanics in line.

He wants to lean back, Sveum said. He wants to crank velocity. He wants to create arm strength through his shoulders and then he just gets out of whack. Its more just keeping the shoulders in line with the strike zone and I think that will help him tremendously.

Marmol will have to regain his confidence and the feel for his slider, but the Cubs hope this isnt a big fix, that he can be dominant once again. Stay tuned.

Cubs Talk Podcast: Where do Cubs go from here with Jake Arrieta, Wade Davis?


Cubs Talk Podcast: Where do Cubs go from here with Jake Arrieta, Wade Davis?

In the latest CubsTalk Podcast, Kelly Crull and David Kaplan look ahead to Thanksgiving and discuss the official coaching hires for the Cubs.

They also talk about where the Cubs go from here with Jake Arrieta and Wade Davis, whether Alex Cobb could factor into the rotation plans and Kap goes off on the 11:30 a.m. Opening Day start time.

Check out the entire podcast here:

NBC Sports Chicago to deliver a Chicago baseball Thanksgiving Day marathon


NBC Sports Chicago to deliver a Chicago baseball Thanksgiving Day marathon

15-straight hours of “Classic” Cubs and White Sox full game replays from the 2017 season gets underway at 9:00 AM CT

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Chicago, IL (November 21, 2017) -- NBC Sports Chicago, the multi-platform home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, will provide its viewers with a special 15-hour Thanksgiving Day marathon featuring four, thrilling “Classic” games from this past Cubs & White Sox season beginning this Thursday, November 23 at 9:00 AM CT. 

NBC Sports Chicago will also live stream this Classic games marathon to authenticated NBC Sports Chicago subscribers on or via the NBC Sports app.  NOTE: MLB game replays will only be made available to those viewers within NBC Sports Chicago’s regular MLB viewing territory.

Note NBC Sports Chicago’s Thanksgiving Day Cubs & White Sox “Classics” game marathon line-up below (all times Central Time):


9:00 AM“White Sox Classics: White Sox vs. Houston (from August 10) – The future most certainly looked bright on the southside in this match-up as the White Sox defeated the eventual World Series champs, thanks in part to some 9th/extra-inning heroics from team’s highly-touted future cornerstone, Yoan Moncada.

12:30 PM“Cubs Classics: Cubs at Milwaukee (from September 21) – In one of their most exciting victories of the season, the Cubs were down 3-2 in the top of the ninth (not to mention being down to their last strike), but second baseman Javy Baez came through with a clutch RBI single to force extra innings, which was then followed by reigning NL MVP Kris Bryant crushing the Brew Crew’s hopes for division contention with a two-run blast in the 10th.

4:30 PM“White Sox Classics: White Sox at Detroit (from September 14) – The bats were indeed alive as the White Sox belted out 25 hits (a White Sox personal best total since 1981) featuring some impressive firepower courtesy of its top three stars: Avisail Garcia (5-5, HR, 7 RBI), Yoan Moncada (4-5, HR), and Jose Abreu (4-5, 2 RBI).

8:00 PM“Cubs Classics: Cubs at St. Louis (from September 27) – The Cubs clinched their second-straight NL Central Division title with all five of their runs coming in the 7th inning, which included shortstop Addison Russell’s GW three-run shot.  NOTE: Immediately following this “Cubs Classics” game (approx. 10:55 PM), fans can look forward to a replay of “Cubs Postgame Live” that featured the team’s NL Central Division-clinching locker room celebration.

REMINDER: NBC Sports Chicago/ Sports app will carry live coverage of all eight Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Football State Championship games this weekend (all in HD) beginning with the Class 1A title game Friday morning (Nov. 24) at 10:00 AM and all the way through to the Class 8A battle between area preps powerhouses Lincoln-Way East (13-0) vs. Loyola Academy (12-1) on Saturday night (Nov. 25) at 7:00 PM on NBC Sports Chicago+.  Fans are urged to visit for full coverage and precise channel location/live streaming details.