Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor
I used to be a big "closers don't matter" kinda guy, but I've come around (especially after watching Marshall last year) to the idea that pitching the 9th is an either "got it or don't" situation.
I think there are some pitchers who let the mental aspect of pitching the 9th bother them for whatever reason. That's not to say there aren't tons of pitchers out there capable of closing games effectively, but I think it's a big oversimplification to say "Closers don't matter."
Sean Marshall was 8 out of 9 in save chances last year. He had 4 "blown saves" last year, but only one of them came as the actual closer. The other 3 were as the set up guy.