Dodgers activate Marmol, but hold your shudders

Frightening many a fan, the Dodgers have put Carlos Marmol on their active roster, sending Jose Dominguez to the minor leagues.

Marmol was cast off by Chicago after allowing 50 baserunners and a 5.86 ERA in 27 2/3 innings for the Cubs this year. The Dodgers took a low-risk flyer on him as a reclamation project, and given how small the investment was, it’s worth a shot.

Comparisons to Brandon League have been made, but Marmol’s career strikeout rate is nearly double that of League. As bad as he has been, Marmol offers more reason for optimism.

Dominguez has excited many with his promise, but the reality of his pitching is that he was allowing baserunners at a higher rate than even League, while posting a lower strikeout rate. Since his perfect debut, Dominguez has allowed 15 baserunners against 22 outs, a .417 on-base percentage against him. Dominguez has struggled to complete innings, and his ERA has been kept low in part because other relievers have bailed him out. I’d be happy to wait out his on-the-job development, but that’s not a reason to assume he’s better for the Dodgers at this very minute than Marmol is.

If Marmol turns out to be a lost cause, the Dodgers can cut bait quickly (unlike with League, whose three-year contract requires them to have more patience). But if the Dodgers can catch Marmol on an upswing, there could be a net gain that also possibly prevents the Dodgers from making a worse bullpen decision (say, an Octavio Dotel-style trade) down the road.

Honestly, I don’t know. Sure, Marmol might make the Dodgers worse, but I just won’t immediately rule out that he can make them better.

Update: The Dodgers have issued a correction, saying that Dominguez has gone to the disabled list with a left quad strain. Dominguez was limping as he left Monday’s game.

Dodgers at Blue Jays, 4:07 p.m.

  • Anonymous

    Mármol is washed up but, at this point, the Dodgers may be good enough that he won’t do irreparable damage – at least in the regular season.

    • Anonymous

      I feel vindicated.

      • Anonymous

        Damage? Yes.
        Irreparable? Surprisingly, no.

        • Anonymous

          In the regular against a second-division team, no. In the post-season v. a good team, more worrisome.

  • Anonymous

    As long as the Dodgers can keep their finger on the control-z button (i.e. “undo”), the upside is better than the downside.

  • Anonymous

    Marmmolaid–a stickier version of a band-aid?

  • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

    It appears Dominguez was sent to the DL instead of minors, makes more sense after seeing him cringe last night. 15 day try out for Marmol?

    • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

      The official release said he was optioned.

      • Anonymous

        Correction: DODGERS SELECT CONTRACT OF CARLOS MARMOL, PLACE JOSE DOMINGUEZ ON THE 15-DAY DISABLED LIST

        Even better news.

        • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

          You’re right – just got that.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Dodgers lineup:
    Crawford LF
    Puig RF
    Gonzalez 1B
    Ramirez DH
    Ethier CF
    M Ellis 2B
    Hairston 3B
    Federowicz C
    Punto SS
    Capuano P

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Going for game two of the three game sweep of the Jays…Go Blue!!

  • Anonymous

    Brings a whole new meaning to Carlos Danger.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Let’s go CC

  • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

    They’re going to continue to pitch to Puig like that until he stops swinging at bad pitches.

    • Anonymous

      He should take some tips from Uribear (never thought I would say that).

      • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

        Or Brandon League.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    why does it take until the second inning lately for our offense to get started

    • Anonymous

      As opposed to never, I’ll take it.

  • Anonymous

    Reds 4, Giants 1, after an inning and a half.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Nice Cappy!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    5-1 Rojos

  • Anonymous

    It’s now 7-1 Reds, who are still batting in the 3rd inning. Bochy just went to the bullpen.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Let’s get those back guys

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Puig!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Hanley!
    Come on Dre

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    DRE!!

  • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

    What’s up with the walls there? Seems like there’s a ton of ground rule doubles.

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      concrete under the carpet

      • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

        That makes sense. But the walls seem short too.

        • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

          Distance wise?…they are high

          • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

            No, height wise.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    MEllis!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Let’s get a hold here Cappy

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    DP Time

  • Anonymous

    Rare miss by Capuano.

  • Anonymous

    Watching Capuano pitch this season reminds me of what Forrest Gump’s mother tells him in the movie: “Life’s a box of chocolates, Forrest. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

    • Anonymous

      Capuano just not fooling anyone. They are very happy to have him pitching (and with that, he”s pulled.).

    • Anonymous

      Exacty this.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Let’s get those back guys

  • Anonymous

    Yes, I don’t know what to make of Cappy here! The Dodger’s offense has been really good, but I don’t think they can catch a receding rocket!~

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    It’s a Marmol moment.

    • http://www.linkmeister.com/wordpress/ Linkmeister

      Better Marmol than Marmite. (Apologies, John!)

      • Anonymous

        Have any of you tried the Aussie vegemite. I love it!

        • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

          sorry not to my taste

          • Anonymous

            I remember when I came over in ’91, I brought some small samples. I met a guy who was really nice and polite, but when he tried some he screwed up his face and said something like ‘thats really disgusting’

          • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

            I tried it when I was in Sydney

          • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

            I hope we sign Hank Nutella.

          • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

            my wife likes that stuff

        • Anonymous

          What is it?

      • Anonymous

        Both are bad.

      • Anonymous

        marmite would have been better.

        • Anonymous

          Even Marmite.

  • Anonymous

    I hope the dodger offense realize they have to do something now. !!

  • Anonymous

    I’m not sure I get what is going on with the dodgers getting Marmol. But this is probably the right place to use him—when there is perhaps no hope? I don’t get it I guess. any HELP!

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      but we can score more than 5 runs total

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Let’s put up a crooked number

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Let’s go Dre

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    JHjr!!!!

    • Anonymous

      pity no one was on base

  • Anonymous

    rally time

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    these wall are 10 ft

  • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

    In a fairly close game, seems like an odd time to throw Marmol out there. Not close anymore.

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      I saw it a giving up on the game

    • Anonymous

      JT III: I agree. For his first appearance, a League moment would have seemed better than a game in which we trailed by just two runs. But, Mattingly has done a great job of managing this team into first place.

  • Anonymous

    Have we seen enough yet?

  • Anonymous

    I am getting the Blue Jays announcers on mlb.com. Does the play-by-play man sound a lot like Mike Shannon to anyone else besides me?

    • http://www.linkmeister.com/wordpress/ Linkmeister

      That’s Buck Martinez, I think. The color guy is Pat Tabler. Although the play-by-play sounds a little like Dave “Soup” Campbell.

      http://toronto.bluejays.mlb.com/team/broadcasters.jsp?c_id=tor

      • Anonymous

        Linkmeister: You’re right. It’s Campbell he (Martinez) sounds like, not Shannon. Thanks.

  • Anonymous

    Throwing flat off the mound, without moving his legs, Dominguez would be better than that.

  • Anonymous

    Marmol laid an egg.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    PUIG! man he’s fast

  • Anonymous

    I know the Dodgers have had a great run. But they obviously gave up because they got down a few runs. Does that make sense?

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Gonzo!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Way to move them up hanley!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    goodeye Hanley!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Nice eye Dre!

  • Anonymous

    Jays announcer saying after Hanley swung and missed a 3 – 1 pitch that was a slider in the dirt that he should have known a pitcher wasn’t going to throw him a fastball with with runners on second and third and him hitting .400.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    MELLIS!!!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    JH jr. gets on

  • http://www.linkmeister.com/wordpress/ Linkmeister

    Never give up, never give up!

  • Anonymous

    Is Marmol going to get a win?

    • Anonymous

      Let’s hope!

  • Anonymous

    Bad luck.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    He bobbled that throw…bad call

    • Anonymous

      The umpire was screened by both the runner and the catcher. He could have asked for helped from a fellow umpire with a better angle.

  • Anonymous

    Two more innings in a hitters park with Dodgers bullpen in better shape than Jays’.

    • Anonymous

      With League in the game? :)

      • Anonymous

        I will now answer—yes

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    FED!!!

  • Anonymous

    OK, let’s get back to it.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    CC!

    Come on Yasiel

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Good Eye Yasiel

    • Anonymous

      His obp could climb sky high if he continues to take bad pitches

  • http://www.linkmeister.com/wordpress/ Linkmeister

    Puig seems to be learning to take a walk.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

    I’ve been off preparing dinner, looks like these guys may be able to withstand a Marmol sighting! And a League sighting!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    GONZO!!!!!

  • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

    A Goooooooone!

  • Anonymous

    Okay, its League that gets the win instead of Marmol

  • http://www.linkmeister.com/wordpress/ Linkmeister

    You gotta be kidding me.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

    This is nuts! Off a lefty no less!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    DRE!!!!

  • Anonymous

    I know the Dodgers are a force now.. But can they really intentionally give up a bunch of runs in the middle innings to showboat and win it late. It’s amazing and arrogant!! I hope we get away with it.

    • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

      I don’t think that was the plan, though bringing in Marmol suggests it might be. But I’m sure Donnie would like his relievers to give up zero runs.

      • Anonymous

        Expecting it will happen and doing it intentionally are two different things.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    what a comeback…this team believes

    • Anonymous

      I am guessing that they can’t believe it either!

      • Anonymous

        Getting a win with Cappy starting and Marmol, League, and Belisario coming in back to back to back stretches believing.

  • Anonymous

    If Marmol and Cappy had done well, would the Dodgers not have made any trades and now that they didn’t, will a trade more likely be made?

    • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

      Colletti probably doesn’t stand pat no matter what. But this didn’t help.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    @paulloduca16: It’s a firework show every night with this Dodger lineup

  • foul tip

    At 43, is Oliver the oldest pitcher in the majors? Maybe oldest player?

    • Anonymous

      Oliver turns 43 in October.

  • foul tip

    Four runs in at least one inning of about every game would send the Dodgers a long way, given the pitching.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Insurance runs now

  • Anonymous

    With Crim in the dugout, who is in charge in the pen?

    • Anonymous

      League.

      • Anonymous

        Winner League?

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Ball Game, Dodgers win!!!!

    22-5 since 6/22

    5 game win streak after ASB

    5 games over .500

    3 games 33 runs

    No looking back!!!!

    • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

      A different team, these Dodgers!

      • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

        streaking baby!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Are we smarter than the Jays. Never mind. Are we more talented—-maybe. Please end the game soon–guick–like now.—thank the lord–we win’

  • http://www.linkmeister.com/wordpress/ Linkmeister

    Whew!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT
  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT
  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    NPUT