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Theo has Sveum’s back
SEATTLE – Cubs manager Dale Sveum has taken a lot of heat from the outside this season over bullpen use and some of the team’s hitting problems.
But team president Theo Epstein strongly backed his second-year manager Sunday, before the Cubs wrapped up a three-game series in Seattle.
“Managers oftentimes take heat for things that are beyond their control,” Epstein said. “We’ve given him a imperfect roster. That’s just the reality. We have a lot of talented players but an imperfect roster, so he’s oftentimes put in situations where he’s got to choose between imperfect solutions.”
The Sveum critics were out in force the last two weeks after the manager used Carlos Marmol in a save situation for the first time nearly two months June 16 in New York – leading to Marmol’s career-worst blown save and, eventually, a decision to eat the final $5 million of Marmol’s contract to cut ties with him.
“I’m sure he didn’t want to necessarily use Marmol in high-leverage situations, but there comes a point where other guys need rest or have already been used, or he’s got to look a day ahead,” Epstein said. “I think it’s unfair with only partial information to jump to conclusions about Dale’s managerial abilities, just based on using Marmol in a certain spot here and there.”
Seven other Cub pitchers also have blown saves this year.
“Dale’s steady at the helm of the ship,” Epstein said, “and done a nice job.”