Originally Posted by AtomicDumpling
Marshall has only pitched 55 innings in the 9th inning in his career -- which is not nearly enough of a sample size to prove anything. His .387 BABIP in the 9th inning is freakishly unlucky and highly unlikely to continue.
That's not far from the equivalent of a full season of closing, so I don't think it is easily written off as too small a sample size. It is also nearly a quarter of his total innings pitched in innings 7-9. I'm also not sure how you can claim "too small a sample size for conclusions," then claim BABIP is "freakishly unlucky"???????
There appears to be something going on.
Just for grins, define an adequate sample size for this analysis, then explain your rationale.