Word coming out of San Diego is that Lou has named Carlos Marmol the Cubs' new closer, replacing Kevin Gregg.
A couple hours ago, I ran the numbers. Check 'em out:
Marmol told my Chicago media buddies in San Diego: "I told you they believe in me. And I believe in myself. I think that's the reason he made the decision."
Marmol looked pretty hurt in spring training when Lou named Gregg the closer after Marmol had a so-so time of it with Team Dominican Republic at the WBC. As I pointed out in today's earlier blog, Marmol has given up a ton of walks and has hit too many batters, but when he throws strikes, nobody hits him.
The swallows from San Juan Capistrano have messengered me the lineup:
After Mike Fontenot's tough night at the plate yesterday, I expect to see a lot of Jeff Baker at second. Lou said as much last night to the media in San Diego. Now is the time if the Cubs are going to make a run.