Cubs closer Carlos Marmol said he's in a good place physically and mentally.

Geographically? Not so much, if last year means anything.

But Marmol, whose toughest moments during his toughest season seemed to come in St. Louis, has made it clear that last year means nothing to him these days.

And St. Louis? "Yeah, I know what you mean,'' he says, "because it's St. Louis. But you just want to get in there and get your outs. That'd be nice.''

In six appearances in St. Louis last year, Marmol gave up six runs in 61/3 innings, enough to make nearly a half-point difference on his season ERA (3.59 in games not played at Busch Stadium). He blew two of three save chances in St. Louis, including the one in June on Ryan Theriot's two-out hit that set off Carlos Zambrano's "We stinks'' rant.

He smiles a little at that. "No Theriot [this time],'' he said. "He kicked my [butt] last year.''

Marmol had no problems Friday, retiring the Cardinals in order in the ninth, two on strikeouts.

He said there was no extra incentive to do it in St. Louis.

"St. Louis or anybody else, I try to see every team the same,'' he says.