Lilly Lights-Out Since Return from DL; Marmol Loving Closer Role

Posted on 08 September 2009 by Lou

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Ted Lilly is on a mission.  In 5 starts from returning from the DL on August 17th, Lilly has allowed just 6 total ER on 19 hits and 6 walks in 33 1/3 innings pitched.  IMPRESSIVE!  With Monday afternoon’s 4-2 win over the Pirates, Lilly is 2-1 during that stretch and he is now 11-8 on the season.  Lilly has a 3.17 ERA and a miniscule 1.07 WHIP.  AMAZING!  Lilly is definitely proving to the rest of the club, and the rest of MLB for that matter, that he still has what it takes to be a dominating pitcher in the National League.

In 3 seasons with the Cubs, Lilly has made 34, 34 and 24 starts, respectively.  Lilly has also won a total of 43 games over the 3 seasons.  2009 has been his best year by far, mainly because he has limited his walks – only 32 total walks in 156 1/3 innings, as opposed to 55 and 64 in 2007 and 2008, respectively.  His season ERA has not been higher than 4.09 and his season WHIP has not been higher than 1.23 during this span.  Lilly has been one of the Cubs most consistent pitchers the last 3 seasons, and the Cubs will be fortunate if Lilly can pick up where he left off when 2010 starts next April.

Carlos Marmol has also thrived since being promoted to the closer’s role.  Marmol has converted all 6 save opportunities he has been presented with, giving up just 2 hits and 3 walks, with 11 K’s, during those6 1/3 innings pitched.  Talk about effective.  Although there really isn’t too much pressure on the club these days, it is a good sign that Marmol has been on his game since becoming the closer.  Marmol has also only given up 1 HR all season long, so it is imperative for your closer not to be prone to give up the long ball on a regular basis.  His ERA is a solid 3.34, and while the WHIP is still high at 1.44, it has gotten better since he became the Cubs closer.  Let’s hope Marmol’s late 2009 success will carry over into 2010 as well…

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