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Rushed delivery, lack of concentration hurting Marmol

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Struggling reliever Carlos Marmol is rushing his delivery and at times ``trying too hard'' to get hitters out, Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio said Sunday.
``The biggest thing for Carlos is his concentration [on] executing the pitch. I think where Carlos gets In trouble--along with the rest of the guys--is when they get going too fast, and [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 was summoned to start the eighth inning Saturday with the Cubs leading Cincinnati 4-2. But he walked the first two batters he faced and hit the third, Brandon Phillips, on a 1-2 pitch. All three scored in the four-run inning, Marmol taking the loss.
The Reds batted around in the inning against Marmol and Hector Rondon but had only one hit.
Bosio said mechanics are less the problem for Marmol than his tempo, but 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,'' Bosio said.
``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 14 walks in 11 1/3 innings and hit three batters, an indication that hitters are laying off his offerings.
``He's admitted that he thinks guys are going to swing at every pitch out of his hand. 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 over-throw the pitch.
``Hitters will get themselves into hitter's counts,'' Bosio said. ``But when [Marmol] is working ahead in counts, like all pitchers, they'll have success.
``You need to back off,'' he said. ``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. He has to throw strikes. He's one of the seven guys [in the bullpen] and he has to pitch.''

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