Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Carlos Marmol Update
Since I mentioned Carlos Marmol and his chasing the record for highest K/9 innings rate for a single season in major league history a few weeks back, he has continued on his torrid pace and it now looks inevitable that he will break the record. The record stands at 14.98 strikeouts per 9 innings, set by Eric Gagne in 2003. Carlos has come down to 15.85 strikeouts per 9 innings in the last three weeks. But with only 11 games left on the schedule, it will be hard for him to fall down below Gagne's number. If he were to pitch six innings the remainder of the season, he would only need to strikeout three guys to hold on to the record! Even if he pitches 11 innings, he would only need 11 strikeouts to hold on. If he were to pitch six innings and manages to strikeout 12 guys in that time, he would actually finish above 16! What a season he has had! I predicted some injury problems at the beginning of the season for him because it seems like everyone who throws the hard sweeping slider ends up with arm problems. And that may still happen for Little Carlos. But by avoiding any problems this year, he has accomplished something amazing. Way to go, Carlos!