Even as the Cubs continue what we hope will be a march to 2013′s number one draft pick, we can still enjoy them beating the Astros, right? That’s just what happened yesterday, on the strength of Anthony Rizzo’s first home run as a Cub. In what could be the most surprising development of the summer, Carlos Marmol didn’t look terrible again when he came in to close out the victory. He’s been throwing more fastballs and throwing more strikes.
“There’s no question (the fastball has helped),” manager Dale Sveum said. “He’s throwing his fastball in the strike zone. If he doesn’t, it’s just missing and he’s able to come back and do some things. He’s still going to throw his slider, but his fastball is still going to be very important to be able to throw, especially the velocity. Hitters see 94, 95 (mph) and it speeds them up.”
And it makes things a bit easier for Dale with the rest of the pen, too.
“It gets the bullpen a little more stable with Marmol going back in the closer role and (James) Russell and (Shawn) Camp being able to mix and match in the seventh or eighth innings,” Sveum said. “(Manuel) Corpas has done a nice job against right-handed hitters, so you’re able to mix and match from the sixth through the ninth inning.”
I smell an 80-something game winning streak!
Today’s attempt at a 3-game winning streak starts at 1:20 Central. On the mound will be Wandy Rodriguez (6-5, 3.52) and Travis Wood (2-3, 3.54). Lineup:
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You can watch it on CSN should you so desire.