Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor
I hate low-velocity bullpen arms, as a rule.
I hate low-velocity bullpen arms used as high-leverage guys even more.
Yet Marshall has been one of the top late inning guys at least two years running. He had a bad outing. Generally, he's nails. I don't care if he throws it underhand if he consistently has easy innings, which he usually does. Today he made a mistake walking the #7 hitter then got screwed on a bad ball/strike call. What's his velocity got to do with that? In fact, he should have had back to back strikeouts on his way to working out of a jam.
BTW, I like guys on the mound at any point in the game who are throwing one of the best of a kind of pitch in the game. When he throws the curveball for a strike, which consistently he does, its a barely hittable to unhittable pitch. It makes major league hitters look silly. I'd reconsider that rule.
I'm really ticked about the call now. I was at the game and it was hard to tell from the left field stands and the replay looked like it might have been low. But pitch f/x shows it really wasn't even close. Rat farts!