Right-handed pitcher Carlos Marmol of the Chicago Cubs will replace his teammate, Kerry Wood, on the National League All-Star roster. N.L. All-Star manager Clint Hurdle of the Colorado Rockies made the announcement today in conjunction with Major League Baseball.
Marmol is 2-3 with a 4.13 earned run average and 70 strikeouts in 52 2/3 innings this season as the set-up man for Wood, the Cubs’ closer. Wood has a blister on his right index finger that has bothered him for a few weeks and prevented him from pitching in yesterday’s game. Wood is tied for first in the National League with 24 saves.
OK, so Marmol leads the majors in the hip new statistic for middle reliever’s ‘holds’, but a fucking ALL-STAR?!?
Carlos has barely been able to hit the broadside of an ivy-covered barn these days…unless, of course, he wasn’t trying to…then he could bean it and send it to first base just fine.
Perhaps Hurdle sees the Cubs as the best team in the NL, and wants to allow the Cubs the ability to control their own World Series fate, because after all…‘this time it counts!’ (ugh)