Originally Posted by cincrazy
Cyclone and Brutus, I agree. Marshall has been a bit shaky lately too. Just a bad stretch by the team overall. Trust me, I'm not overreacting to this like most. I like Broxton as a pickup, I truly do. I just think his stuff plays better in the 8th. That's all I was implying. He's not a HORRIBLE 8th inning option, I just think Marshall is better.
Let's set aside what anyone thinks of Broxton for a moment. A case could be made that Marshall is much more suited to pitch the 7th because of his versatility.
Broxton is basically a one-inning pitcher because of his surgery and durability, except in isolated cases. So if you bring him in during the 7th, you're usually guaranteed of needing someone for the 8th.
However, if you bring in Marshall, you can be a lot more versatile and keep him in for two innings depending on the lineup, whether the Reds score in the 7th/8th, etc. I think by having Marshall in the 7th, the Reds can play against high leverage much better than if they did it the other way around.