Re: Fangraphs Q&A with Hanigan
Originally Posted by 757690
Maybe Marshall can be nearly perfect enough to succeed, I wouldn't bet against it. However, if he does, he's beating the odds.
You say this like he hasn't been doing precisely this for years. He has a long track record of pitching this way, relying on the curveball, and allowing a low HR rate. The question is how/why he would stop being dominant in the 9th inning. Does he pitch differently? Does he hang more curves?
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.