Originally Posted by bigredmechanism
How many less wins do you think we would have had if we left Marshall in the closer role, or put someone like Ondrusek in there?
I don't think our win total would have been drastically lower, but I do think it would have been less than 97.
I think Marshall would have wound up with 97 as well. He is an incredibly good pitcher.
Ondrusek, 95 or 96.
But really, we are just making guesses at this point. The stats show that historically, no matter how pitchers have been used for the last 60 years, games have been "saved" at the exact same rates. It shows that in all games, 3 run games, 2 run games and 1 run games. Heck, Frank Francisco had an ERA over 5.50 and converted the same rate of saves as Aroldis Chapman who had an ERA 4 runs lower.