Originally Posted by REDREAD
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.
That's always been my impression. I still think he would do just fine at closer, but he's probably more effective if he gets regular work. Leaving him available earlier also allows Dusty to match him up a bit more. Marshall's no loogy, but it's nice having him available to mow down some tough lefties late in the game.
Awesome interview overall. I wanna see what Mez can do, but that interview seems to back up the anecdotal evidence that Hanigan is a vital part of the pitching staff's success. That's definitely gonna be a tough situation to manage.