Wood, Marmol finding groove after tough starts

Wood, Marmol finding groove after tough starts

ST. LOUIS -- Kerry Wood and Carlos Marmol had a tough start in the first two games of the season, but since then, both have gotten on track. Cubs manager Dale Sveum wasn't worried.

"I think a lot of people were just [reacting] because of the first two days, but that's like a hitter going 0-for-8 in the first two games," Sveum said Saturday. "What are you going to do, take them out of the lineup? These things are part of the process.

"There's other people on the other side of the field who get paid a lot of money to score runs and beat your closer, and that's going to happen. I think Marmol has been pretty good so far, and Woody has been good, and I think he'll be better now that he's found his curveball again. You keep him fresh and ready."

Since giving up three runs in the first two games, Marmol has had three scoreless relief appearances, including one inning on Friday. Wood walked three on Opening Day but has not walked a batter in his last three games. On Wednesday, he struck out the side against the Brewers.

"Just being able to have his curveball in the back of his mind [helps]," Sveum said of Wood. "It's just a matter of confidence. He changed a few mechanical things, and he's back to being able to use his curveball."