None of us think the Cubs will be any good this year. There are probably few of us who don’t expect Carlos Marmol to implode in spectacular fashion every time he steps on the mound. But Chris Bosio doesn’t want any of us worrying about Carlos.
“Carlos has been fine,” Bosio said quickly when the subject of Marmol was broached.
Then Bosio went on to display his difficulty with subject/verb agreement.
“There has been a couple of instances where we got beat in the 3-4 hole where he’s giving up ground balls and that’s all we can ask of him,” Bosio said. “Once the balls get put in play, we want our guys to get early outs and in this case there are a couple of balls that have snuck through the infield. That’s going to happen.”
All we need to worry about with Marmol are the grounders he induces making it into the hands of our reliable fielders. I feel so much better.
Paul Maholm has looked terrible in his first two starts. After his dud on Sunday, I had a passing thought about Randy Wells. Aside from his pre-game guitar jam sessions, he’s not having much fun in Iowa.
Randy Wells started and gave up eight runs on eight hits over 2 1/3 innings.
Oopsie! In news of other starting pitchers who played for the Cubs last year, both Gordon Wittenmyer and Paul Sullivan decided to write about Carlos Zambrano as the Cubs head in to Miami. Gordo wants everyone to know how peaceful the clubhouse is this year. Ryan Dempster was asked if the clubhouse was distraction free.
‘‘I think it’s too early to say,’’ Dempster said, adding with a straight face, ‘‘DeJesus is a real problem child. The kid’s crazy, man.’’
Yeah! You tell ‘em! Anyone else with great soundbites about how great everything is now that Big Z is gone?
‘‘It’s not strange anymore,’’ left fielder Alfonso Soriano.
Care to explain, Alfonso?
‘‘It’s coming from the coaches,’’ he said, ‘‘the way they treat people, the way we’re working. It’s not Zambrano. It’s the GM we have, the president, the manager, the new talent that we have — a lot of young guys. It makes a difference. . . .
Oh, okay. So this story about Big Z’s departure leaving a peaceful clubhouse isn’t really the story. Sully went the route of finding out if Cubs players still like Carlos Zambrano. It turns out they do.
“He had a lot of friends on this team,” Marlon Byrd said. “That’s what people forget. You see his antics on the field, and the reasons he was suspended, and all the other b.s. But at the same time, you still have friends he has guys he texts on this team, and talks to on this team.
“We’re going to see him and hopefully he’s looking good and feeling good.”
“From a personal standpoint, it’s good to see old friends, and I’m hoping he’s doing all right,” catcher Geovany Soto said. “Just trying to play ball right now, to be honest.”
I doubt any of us would have expected the current Cubs to trash their old teammate, but Gordo and Sully must have been disappointed they didn’t.