Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Recapping the season of Sean Marshall

The Reds made a surprising move when they acquired Sean Marshall from the Cubs last December. They thought so highly enough of the southpaw to reward him with a 3-year, $16.5M contract extension before he ever threw a pitch as a Red. So far, that deal has paid solid dividends. The 30-year old proved to be a solid option as a setup man and played a key role in helping Cincinnati boast the league's lowest bullpen ERA in 2012.

Here's a quick look at some notables from his '12 campaign:

+ Finished with an ERA below 2.65 for the third year in a row (2.51)
+ Notched a WAR of 1.7
+ Did not allow a single run, walk, or hit in three apps in the postseason (4 IP)
+ Finished second on the team in ERA (min 50 IP) and SO/9 (10.92)
+ Recorded a team-high 22 holds
+ Pitched far better at home as evidenced by his 1.74 ERA
+ He tallied a 3.30 ERA in away games
+ Was lights out (pardon the pun) in night games (1.13 ERA)
+ Struggled during day games (5.06 ERA)
+ Began the season as the team's closer before moving to a setup role in mid-May
+ Did not surrender a run in any of his last 15 appearances during the regular season
+ Dominated the Pirates in 8g (5.2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER)
+ Earned a base salary of $3.1M

Fun fact: Marshall has committed just one error since the beginning of the 2008 season.

Here's a look back at the players we have already covered:

Joey Votto
Jay Bruce
Brandon Phillips
Johnny Cueto
Mat Latos
Aroldis Chapman
Bronson Arroyo

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