Originally Posted by jojo
Marshall has been one of the best relievers in baseball for several years. I submit that Marhall is not a suitable test case for the rubber road theorum....
I don't disagree -- Marshall has been fantastic. But he's never closed ballgames before and dealt with the issues involved with being a closer: irregular pitching schedule, irregular warmup time (a closer might only begin throwing 1 or 2 outs into an inning if his team takes the lead in their at bat), added mental issues associated with being "the closer," etc.
At some point, he's going to have to prove that his numbers translate to the different role.