Originally Posted by RedsManRick
I really want to understand why Marshall's dominant results somehow won't hold up in the 9th inning simply because his stuff is different. .
Well, it's hard to take this as 100% gospel, but I recall after Marshal was pulled from closing that he said he was more comfortable with being a setup guy, because the curve was a "feel" pitch and he could throw it better when he was in a more regular role as a setup guy (as opposed to a closer that might go 4 days without pitching).
Marshall did seem to pitch a lot better after he was removed from the closer role. I'm not saying that he couldn't handle closing, but it's possible that Dusty and him did have a talk that put Marshall on an optimum schedule and his results improved.
I think Marshal could close, the potential problem is that if he does benefit from a normal schedule, you'd have to pitch him in non-save situations. You'd also have to have a 2nd guy to close to maintain Marshall's schedule too.
Maybe this conclusion is way off base (Sample size), but based on what Marshall said, I think it's plausible.
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