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Cubs’ pitching coach: Carlos Marmol trying too hard

Carlos Marmol has looked better mound but alternating him with others closing job might be best our scout believes. |

Carlos Marmol has looked better on the mound, but alternating him with others in the closing job might be best, our scout believes. | Sun-Times

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Updated: May 5, 2013 10:04PM

Struggling reliever Carlos Marmol is rushing his delivery and at times “trying too hard,” Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio said Sunday.

“The biggest thing for Carlos is his concentration [on] executing the pitch” Bosio said. “I think where Carlos gets in trouble — along with the rest of the guys — is when they get going too fast. [Saturday] was a classic case of that.

“You’ve got to slow it down, visualize the pitch and execute the pitch. And he’s capable of doing that.’’

Marmol pitched a scoreless sixth inning Sunday in the Cubs’ 7-4 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. It came a day after he walked two batters and hit another with the Cubs leading 4-2 in the eighth. All three scored, and Marmol took the loss in a 6-4 decision.

Bosio said Marmol’s tempo is more of a problem than his mechanics, but he added, “the big things we see are where his eyes are and where his arm is [when he finishes his delivery]. I think he trusts his stuff. He’s just got to execute the pitch.”

“Sometimes this game speeds up for all of us. We have to slow it down, see the sign, see the catcher’s setup and see the catcher’s glove. He got too quick [Saturday]. He has a tendency to do that. He’s also an up-tempo guy. Jeff [Samardzija] is like that. [Shawn] Camp is like that. [James] Russell is like that. And when they all get going too quick, they all get out of whack.”

Marmol has issued 12 walks and hit three batters in 122/3 innings, an indication hitters are laying off his pitches.

“He’s admitted that he thinks guys are going to swing at every pitch out of his hand,” Bosio said. “He tries to make every pitch a two-strike pitch, and that’s part of the problem. He’s trying to bury the pitch and overthrow the pitch.

“Hitters will get themselves into hitter’s counts. But when he is working ahead in counts, like all pitchers, they’ll have success.

“You need to back off. A lot of times you try to do too much, and that can be a deterrent.”

Manager Dale Sveum repeated Sunday he would continue to call on Marmol.

“We’re really in no different situation,” Sveum said. “He has to throw strikes. He’s one of the seven guys [in the bullpen], and he has to pitch.”

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