Re: Fangraphs Q&A with Hanigan
Marshall's 9th inning problems are related to the days where his command of his curve isn't there. If he doesn't have the command of the hook right handers OWN him. The problem with the ninth inning situation and Marshall in Cincinnati is that Dusty uses the dedicated closer model. He doesn't like to make changes in the ninth inning. If Marshall is struggling in the eighth you pull him and bring someone else in. In the ninth, the options, if there isn't a Chapman or Broxton sitting down there, suddenly look like Jose Arredondo and Logan Ondrusek. Dusty will stick with his guy. Suddenly Marshall is standing there without his only true plus pitch, trying to make do on an average fastball.
Whenever you get mad over a called strike or ball on a close pitch, it's the equivalent of being mad at the QB pump-faking one time before throwing a pass in your average NFL game. ---Caveat Emperor