EDIT: Uh, I spoke too soon. This deal isn't finalized yet. Forgive me.
I was shocked to look back and see that in all of 2012, Cubs closer Carlos Marmol only had 3 blown saves.
Didn't is seem like about 10?
Oh wait, that was 2011.
It's just the ones in '12 were sort of bunched up, and they were horrible. Like this one against the Reds where Marmol came in with a 3 run lead and walked 3 before giving up the winning run.
So, I really like this move by the Cubs, signing Kyuji Fujiwawa to a 2 year deal.
There's nothing worse than not having confidence in your closer.
Just ask the Detroit Tigers.
Jose Valverde had a 30.38 ERA in the playoffs last year.
With the Cubs, victories are going to be SO fragile next year.
You just want Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo to feel like they have a chance.
Yeah, it's true I've never even seen Fujikawa pitch, but...don't you feel a tad more confidence with him vs Marmol?
And should the Cubs be up by a couple in the 9th, it would be so nice to not worry about a blown save.
I can't tell you how many times I packed it up at Wrigley and scrammed before Carlos could get on the mound, let alone the ease of just switching channels.
So...good job, Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer!