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|2013-10-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)||What does Tyler Skaggs need to work on? I see him as another Sean Marshall which is okay with me.|
(Boz from ())
|My contention is that Skaggs has a ton of work to do. He does so many things that are intended to manipulate his arm angle - from a closed stride that is directed at the left-hand batter's box to his excessive spine tilt - that he is minimizing his potential effectiveness. The tricks might survive in the bullpen, but as a starter they create serious obstacles to pitch repetition. The techniques also give Skaggs a very shallow release point, which actually functions to limit his deception. I don't know that the D'Backs are trying to make any adjustments, but I feel that his ceiling is severely limited until he makes a drastic change to approach.
On the jukebox: Rage Against the Machine, "Killing in the Name of" (Doug Thorburn)
|2011-09-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Does it make sense for the Cubs to move Sean Marshall into the rotation next yr, given their SP woes and lack of a pitching pipeline?|
(Matt from Chicago)
|It usually makes sense to move any reliever who's capable of starting into the rotation, barring a real embarrassment of wealth. Marshall's stuff has really played up in the pen, though, so in his case, another switch might not be the best idea. Marshall has already been a starter, so we can see how that went--in about 225 innings in the rotation in 2006-2007, he was worth about half a win. In roughly half that number of innings over the past two seasons in the bullpen, he's been worth four wins. Unless you think his shiny new strikeout rate is something that would actually survive a move back out of the bullpen, it probably makes sense to leave him be and look elsewhere (Andrew Cashner to the rescue!). Cue Ray Davies singing "This is Where I Belong." (Ben Lindbergh)|
|2011-01-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Hi Marc, 2 Scoresheet keeper league questions.
Team 1: Protect Tim Hudson or Sean Marshall?
Team 2: Pick one from among Vernon Wells, Travis Snider, Adam Lind and Felix Pie.
Thanks for the chat!|
(rrydelek from Maryland)
|You might want to ask Rob McQuown for help on this one. I'm still just learning Scoresheet and I expect to get destroyed this year. Rob knows what he's doing. (Marc Normandin)|
|2010-06-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)||What do you think of Sean Marshall as a reliver in mixed leagues?|
(Harvey Dent from Arkham Asylum)
|I love strikeouts, and Marshall's got a whole bunch of 'em. I'm all for using relievers who don't provide saves to bolster your other statistics.
I'm currently listening to "Legendary Demo" from Clouds. (Marc Normandin)
|2008-11-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)||The Cubs are rumored to be the front runners for Peavy. You mentioned it should take 3 top 100 prospects to get him, do the Cubs even have one outside of Vitters? I don't see how they take Felix Pie, Sean Marshall and Ronny Cedeno for Peavy, do you?|
(Parker from Chicago)
|No. The Cubs would have to include Vitters. Would Vitters, Pie and an arm do it? The Padres really need a center fielder. Would the Cubs even trade Vitters? (Joe Sheehan)|
|2008-06-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Eric Patterson, Donald Veal, and Sean Marshall for AJ Burnett.|
(Jack from Chicago)
|With the way he's pitching right now, would you really rather have Burnett over just Marshall? Reminds of the days when teams would clamor to get Tim Belcher every July. (Dayn Perry)|
|2008-06-23 12:00:00 (link to chat)||Hi John, have you heard if any other teams are interested in Rich Hill? I am curious if his trade value is higher or lower than Sean Marshall's. Thanks.|
(Guancous from Silver Spring, MD)
|I think a small-market club would be perfect for Hill. He's got an awful lot of talent but it's clear that he has lost the faith of Lou Piniella. Put him in a low-pressure environment and he could easily put his career back together. Yes, I think Hill has more value than Marshall simply because he has a higher ceiling, though I also think Marshall has a chance to be a good major-league starter. (John Perrotto)|
|2008-03-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Matt Murton or Jonny Gomes, if given the choice...who would you rather have?|
(jlarsen from DRays Bay, FL)
|Sounds like a perfect platoon to me. Actually, I remarked in today's Pinstriped Bible that the Indians could usefully liberate Murton and Sean Marshall from the Cubs, given that their outfield corner production looks a bit weak and the back of their rotation is nothing special. (Steven Goldman)|
|2008-01-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)||How good is Christian Friedrich? I have seen some video and he does have a nasty curveball. Are the comparisons to Barry Zito fair, and how big of a concern are his walks?|
(Tom from Atlanta)
|I think Zito is sort of the natural comparison for a guy of Chris' caliber, with that nasty curveball and a solid-average fastball behind. Ted Lilly and Sean Marshall are the others I usually here in that category. But you're right, the key for Chris this year is going to be commanding his fastball and proving that it can be a weapon in the way that Lance Broadway's fastball has never been a weapon behind his curve. I hope to talk to Friedrich on the phone relatively soon, and when I do, you can bet I'll Unfilter it immediately. (Bryan Smith)|
|2008-10-02 11:00:00||Thursday Playoff Games||OK, now I'm starting to think that I scared everyone away...|
"Dexter Fishmore (New York, NY): Which is the bigger mismatch: Sean Marshall vs. Manny, or Biden vs. Palin?"
Someone should have gotten Katie Couric to lower our expectations for Sean Marshall... (Derek Jacques)
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