The Cubs aren't going to the playoffs, and, at least for the time being, neither is Carlos Marmol.
After years of struggles as the Cubs' closer, Marmol was shipped to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a midseason trade this summer. The Dodgers went on to win the National League West Division championship and are set to start their matchup with the NL East champion Atlanta Braves in the National League Division Series on Thursday night.
But despite appearing in 21 games for the Dodgers since joining the team on July 23, Marmol won't be joining them for the start of their playoff run, as he was left off the team's postseason roster.
Marmol started his tenure with the Dodgers in much the same fashion he finished his tenure with the Cubs, allowing four runs in 2 2/3 innings in his first two games with Los Angeles. But he soon settled down and became an extremely effective reliever. After those two rough outings, he pitched 18 2/3 innings over 19 appearances and allowed just two earned runs for an ERA of 0.96 in that span.