Originally Posted by dougdirt
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.
That's not even close to what I said.
If Chapman isn't the closer, then Marshall is. Marshall is facing difference hitters in different situations than he did last season. That means Arredondo is probably in Marshall's role, also facing different hitters in different situations. LeCure is probably now in Arredondo's role, and Ondrusek in LeCure's and Simon's in Ondrusek's, etc.
They aren't facing the same hitters in the same situation, so we don't know how they will do. I'm not saying they will do worse, or better, just that we can't assume that they will produce the same numbers in their new roles.