Originally Posted by PuffyPig
I say any pitch over the middle of the plate is the easiest to hit hard.
I've seen may hanging curves popped up as the hitter is swinging ahead of it.
If Marshall was hanging curves all over the place, you see him giving up HR's all over the place.
In fact, Chapman has given up more HR's than Marshall in each of the last 2 years.
The facts don't support your theory.
Never said anything about homeruns. Just pitches getting crushed.
Also never said Marshall was "hanging curves all over the place."
Just talking big generalities here.
Curveballs that miss usually get crushed to a far greater degree than fastballs or sinkers. When the game is on the line, and every pitch counts, you want a guy out there who can get away with more mistakes. Curveball pitchers have to be nearly perfect to succeed as closers, especially lefties. Fastball pitchers and sinkerballers, not so much. In general, lefty curveball pitchers don't make the best closers. History tells us that.
Maybe Marshall can be nearly perfect enough to succeed, I wouldn't bet against it. However, if he does, he's beating the odds.