Originally Posted by kaldaniels
I think those stats are false. Marshall has not converted 7 of 8 save opportunities in the real world sense. He has come in for a save in the ninth a few times and has been bailed out by another pitcher, ala today.
I'm not sure how they could be false. But we're also assuming that had Marshall been left in that he WOULDN'T have gotten out of it himself. And on those occasions when another guy came in to "bail him out" he hasn't gotten a save or the save opportunity, right?
My point is that it doesn't matter what inning a pitcher throws poorly. If he gave up 2 runs in the 7th inning instead, people would be complaining. If Chapman had come in for the 9th and issued 2 walks people would be complaining. The only way to satisfy people is to go 1-2-3 with 3 strikeouts it seems. I don't see too many guys out there with 0.00 era's over the course of a season.
I'm not trying to say he's not struggling. He is. He's leaving his fastballs up in the middle of the plate. But 15 innings is pretty quick to say he's ill-suited for the closer role IMO. Especially when his numbers really aren't bad at all (outside of era).