Originally Posted by 757690
It would only be following blindly if Hanigan didn't make sense. His point about curveball pitchers not making good closers is logical. Pretty much all hanging curveballs get crushed. You can get by much more often with miss with a missed fastball or sinker.
Also, the facts actually back up his point. Marshall has been hit hard in the 9th, plus there are very few effective closers whose out pitch is a curveball, and all of the have been righties.
Right. I'm suggesting there are facts that suggest otherwise.
I'm not even debating the correct answer.
I'm debating whether it merits discussion.
RMR made some good points as to why Marshall may not have been appreciably worse in the 9th as the stats may suggest. I didn't notice Hanigan discrediting that notion.