Originally Posted by 757690
As the author noted, nothing happens in a vacuum.
One can't assume that with Chapman removed from the pen, those same relievers would put up the same numbers. Their roles would be different, they would be pitching not just more innings, and facing more batters, they would be pitching different innings, facing different batters, in different situations.
We have no idea how they would pitch if Chapman wasn't their as the closer.
Do you honestly believe that Aroldis Chapman being around them makes them better or worse? Does he lone them his arm to throw with? Does he use a laser pen from the bullpen and shine it into the hitters eyes? These pitchers get by because of their abilities, not because of someone else on the team.