One of the brightest bright spots in the '07 Cubs season was young Carlos Marmol.
Following a forgettable 2006 rookie year--5-7, 59 K, 59 BB, ERA+ of 76--the righthander started the '07 season in Iowa, was summoned to the big club in mid-May, and buckled National League knees the rest of the summer. Marmol finished the year 5-1 with 96 K in 69 1/3 IP and a jaw-dropping 1.43 ERA (ERA+ of 326).
Maybe more impressive than those numbers, however, was this one: Marmol inherited 41 baserunners in his 59 appearances for the Cubs last season, and he only allowed 5 of them (12%) to reach home plate.
Interestingly, Marmol's bullpen-mate, Michael Wuertz, was almost as adept, preventing 33 of his 38 inherited baserunners from scoring.
Marmol and Wuertz rank second and third among all Cub relief pitchers in stranding inherited runners (minimun 50 IP and 20 Inherited Runners). The arcane list follows:
|% of Inherited Runners|
| 1.) Joe Borowski||2003||21||10|
| 2.) Carlos Marmol||2007||41||12|
| 3.) Michael Wuertz||2007||38||13|
| 4.) Turk Lown||1957||54||15|
| 5.) Terry Adams||1997||43||16|
| 6.) Bill Long||1990||25||16|
| 7.) Steve Wilson||1989||51||16|
| 8.) Dave LaRoche||1973||43||17|
| 9.) Randy Myers||1993||24||17|
|10.) Lee Smith||1984||41||17|
Marmol and Wuertz finished 1-2 among all NL pitchers in stranding inherited runners in 2007 (again, minimum 50 IP and 20 Inherited Runners). Teammate Bob Howry, who allowed 24% of his inherited runners to score, was 12th.
(Stats from Baseball-Reference.com Play Index)