Marshall Shines after Bumpy 1st Inning

Posted on 25 March 2010 by Lou

Sean Marshall pitched 4 solid innings in the Cubs 12-1 win over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday.  After a tough start in which he gave up 3 hits and 1 unearned run in the 1st inning, Marshall really settled down.  He only allowed one other base runner through the next 3 innings on a walk and he struck out 5.  Marshall now has a 1.64 ERA in his spring starts this March and he has made a strong case for winning one of the open starting pitching jobs heading into the regular season.

Marshall had this to say — “I pitched pretty well today.  That doesn’t mean I can be the perfect candidate to start but I love starting and I want to start because I like giving the team a chance to win.  As long as I keep building and keep getting better and keep getting guys out, I’ll have no problems… My attitude is always to keep a positive attitude whatever role I’m in and help the team win some ballgames.”

This is great news, but I still have a feeling that Manager Lou Pinella is going to go with Tom Gorzelanny as the 5th starter behind Carlos Silva.  Marshall has more experience coming out of the bullpen and he has performed well there for the Cubs – in fact better than he has as a starter.  I think it’s the wrong move because I think the Cubs will need good starts early on with Ted Lilly on the shelf, but I just have a feeling that Lou is going to tab Silva and Gorzelanny as his 4th and 5th starters until Lilly returns.  We should have an answer within the next few days so that the 2 guys tabbed as “starters” will have a chance to stretch out before the start of the season.  We;ll keep you posted as soon as that happens…

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