Through just two appearances this season, the new Cubs closer has looked a little like the old Cubs closer.
New Cub Jose Veras has struggled in a pair of appearances, one each against the Pirates and Phillies, to kick off his Cubs career, suffering from a lack of control and tendency to put runners on base that brings back memories of Carlos Marmol.
In 1 2/3 innings, Veras has allowed three runs on a hit and six walks. His first outing of the year: a blown save in Pittsburgh. His second: a four-walk 2/3 of an inning in a win over the Phillies.
It's the similarities to Marmol that have some Cubs fans worried, as expressed Monday on SportsTalk Live.
"I wasn't a fan of that signing when it happened," B96's J. Roman said. "He's had a bad spring and two chances now with the Cubs. That 16-inning game should have never happened in Pittsburgh, and then we have a big lead yesterday and he comes in and it's like Carlos Marmol's older brother."
But cooler heads prevailed, explaining that aside from it being early in the season, there's no reason to panic over Veras, who's not necessarily part of the long-term plans on the North Side.
"There's no crisis," Sun-Times reporter Gordon Wittenmeyer said. "This isn't like last year where they're already tired of Marmol. For one thing, this guy's signed to a one-year contract. They want to flip him, so he's going to get a lot of opportunities to be a closer. If he's a middle reliever, you're not flipping this guy, you're not getting anything for him."
Check out the entire discussion in the video above.