Closing Haiku: This Might Not Be Helpful

Closing Haiku: This Might Not Be Helpful


At last, Marmol's out
Fujikawa is our closer
Is that a good thing?


On Saturday night, the Cubs took a 5-1 lead into the eight inning. But they ended up on the losing end of a 6-5 game after Carlos Marmol faced three Braves and gave up two home runs, one to each of the Upton brothers, increasing his ERA to an even 27.00.

By Sunday morning, Dale Sveum gave Cubs fans what they've been begging for since Marmol gave up two runs without getting a man out on Opening Day in Pittsburgh. We're just 5 games into the 2013 season, and Japanese import Kyuji Fujikawa has taken over the closer role.

But it's not clear if that's a good thing. Sure, Marmol gave up two homers in the ninth, but the Cubs had a 4-run lead going into the eighth inning before Fujikawa allowed the Braves to score three times, eliminating any margin for error Marmol. The "new and improved" Cubs closer has an early-season ERA of 11.57 after 3 appearances.

Sure, he's only half as bad as Marmol. That's probably not good enough, but sadly it's the best we've got.

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