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Marmol Short On Save Opportunities

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Losing stretches have a direct effect on closers. For Cubs closer Carlos Marmol, it means having only two save opportunities in his last seven appearances.
``It's tough situation. They know and I know, but it's the way it is. You have to take whatever the situation is,'' Marmol said Monday.
``You have to do a little more work [on the side] because of it to keep yourself ready when the opportunity does come. I'm not complaining or anything. You just wait for the opportunities.''
The circumstances of rebuilding at mid-season came as Marmol had hit a stride of converting 11 consecutive save opportunities through June and July before the July 31 trade deadline.
``So far, the tough times we've had the last two weeks he's handled well,'' manager Dale Sveum said. ``He's had some good innings and some pitch efficient innings. In the past, you'd see closers who can't really handle the situations where they aren't in a save situation. There's a different blood flow when they're not `the guy on center stage [in a save situation.]'
Sveum gives Marmol high marks since coming back from a time in May when he was demoted from the closer role in one of the new manager's first major decisions. Sveum has been Marmol's biggest supporter since.
``He's been as good as anyone in baseball in save opportunities we've had,'' Sveum said. ``He's under contract through next year and he'll be the guy in that role next year who has closed.
``I'm comfortable with him. He's done a great job. People don't realize those last three outs are tough even for the Trevor Hoffmans [601 career saves].''

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