Marmol impressing Cubs, Hurdle

Marmol impressing Cubs, Hurdle

CHICAGO -- Clint Hurdle got a good look at Carlos Marmol this weekend. Now, the National League's All-Star manager could take a long look at the setup man for a spot on his Midsummer Classic roster.

"That kid can close, no doubt about that," the Rockies manager said after Marmol picked up his third save in Saturday's 5-4 Cubs win.

That praise came after one of Marmol's poorer outings. He entered with a 5-3 lead and gave up a solo home run. It was almost two homers, but Kosuke Fukudome leaped to rob an extra-base hit near the wall in right field.

Marmol was lights out on Friday, though. He struck out the side, all on called third strikes, on 10 pitches in the eighth.

Marmol has a 1.75 ERA and 54 strikeouts, which is 20 more than any closer. But setup men generally have a tough time earning All-Star bids. Marmol was asked about his chances.

"It's still four weeks or so [until the All-Star Game], so I don't know," Marmol said. "But I want to be there."

His teammates certainly want him there, too.

"He'd be on my All-Star team," Cubs closer Kerry Wood said. "It's unbelievable what he's done this year and last year. He's been consistent. He's been dominant."

Nick Zaccardi is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.