Carlos Marmol was awarded the MLB Delivery Man of the Month for his stellar performance in the month of September.
Marmol was 13 for 13 in save opportunities in the month of September and he did not allow a single run during those 13 save outings.
Marmol finished the season with 38 saves – becoming the first Cubs closer to record that many saves since Rod Beck notched 51 saves back in 1998. Marmol also set the Cubs single-season reliever record for strikeouts with 138 – he passed Bruce Sutter who held the record for a while at 130 strikeouts in a season. Marmol’s 138 K’s in just 77 2/3 innings also set a major league record for his 15.99 strikeouts per 9 innings. Not bad for the closer of a team that won only 75 games all season long.
Marmol is arbitration-eligible again this off-season. Guess who is going to get a nice big pay raise for the next few years. This could be that season that GM Jim Hendry tries to work out a long-term deal with Marmol and his handlers to lock him up before he becomes a free agent…