Marshall Rolling

Similar to the rest of his team, Brett Marshall struggled in April. He finished the month with an ERA of nine while walking almost as many as he struck out. His season as well as the team's has come full circle though and Marshall is now their leader in innings pitched and strikeouts after some dominating performances over the past couple of months.

With a record of 7-6, Marshall's had an up and down year. For the past couple months though, it's been mostly up.

In May and June, his ERA hovered around two while he began what's turned out to be a dominant summer. He's been keeping it up into July but there's only one problem. The team won't let him.

"They're only letting me go five innings cause my innings are high right now," Marshall said before Thursday night's five-inning scoreless outing. "It bothers me because I want to help the team out by going seven or eight innings. I know I could've if I was allowed."

Marshall isn't too upset over the issue though, it's just an interesting situation. It's important to realize that with how well he's pitching, his ERA could be a full run lower than it is, if not for that innings cap. In four of his past five outings, he's allowed one run or less. Yet he's been pulled after five innings in each.

Tampa's pitching coach, Jeff Ware is impressed with the 21-year-old's development but the health of an arm just a year removed from Tommy John Surgery is more important.

"There have been plenty of games this year he could've gone much deeper," Ware said. "His pitch counts are really low during the game but we've been getting him out just to save his arm."

Of Marshall's past 10 starts, there's really just been one bump in the road; a July 4 start against Daytona. On Independence Day, the young right-hander gave up eight runs, seven earned. He allowed eight hits and a walk in just four innings.

The numbers look bad but the box score might be a little deceiving in this one. A couple defensive misplays and some weakly hit bad luck balls made a couple mistakes look a lot worse.

"The bad start really wasn't that bad," said Marshall. "They were just getting some lucky hits, some swinging bunts, but that's gonna happen."

A pitcher with an impressive sinking two-seam fastball, Marshall lives on the ground ball. With his command of that pitch increasing, his power changeup and developing slider are only becoming more effective. He's not a high strikeout pitcher which makes it even more important that he pitch within the zone. He's walked just three hitters over his past 19 innings.

"I'm really impressed with him right now," said coach Ware. "I think he's pitching well enough to pitch at any level with the command of all three of his pitches and the quality of all three of his pitches."

Heading into the final weeks of the season, Marshall, with the 9th most innings pitched in the Florida State and tied for the most games started entering Thursday's start, looks to only throw a few innings every five days as the season winds down. That doesn't mean he's done helping the Yankees in the playoff push. After a tough April, Marshall has all but forgotten his early season struggles.

"Winning is contagious and losing is contagious," Marshall said. "When you start losing it's hard to stop losing.

"And when you're winning, it's hard to stop winning."

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\r\n \r\n\r\nWith a record of 7-6, Marshall's had an up and down year. For the past couple months though, it's been mostly up.
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\r\nIn May and June, his ERA hovered around two while he began what's turned out to be a dominant summer. He's been keeping it up into July but there's only one problem. The team won't let him.
\r\n
\r\n\"They're only letting me go five innings cause my innings are high right now,\" Marshall said before Thursday night's five-inning scoreless outing. \"It bothers me because I want to help the team out by going seven or eight innings. I know I could've if I was allowed.\"
\r\n
\r\nMarshall isn't too upset over the issue though, it's just an interesting situation. It's important to realize that with how well he's pitching, his ERA could be a full run lower than it is, if not for that innings cap. In four of his past five outings, he's allowed one run or less. Yet he's been pulled after five innings in each.
\r\n
\r\nTampa's pitching coach, Jeff Ware is impressed with the 21-year-old's development but the health of an arm just a year removed from Tommy John Surgery is more important.
\r\n
\r\n\"There have been plenty of games this year he could've gone much deeper,\" Ware said. \"His pitch counts are really low during the game but we've been getting him out just to save his arm.\"
\r\n
\r\nOf Marshall's past 10 starts, there's really just been one bump in the road; a July 4 start against Daytona. On Independence Day, the young right-hander gave up eight runs, seven earned. He allowed eight hits and a walk in just four innings.
\r\n
\r\nThe numbers look bad but the box score might be a little deceiving in this one. A couple defensive misplays and some weakly hit bad luck balls made a couple mistakes look a lot worse.
\r\n
\r\n\"The bad start really wasn't that bad,\" said Marshall. \"They were just getting some lucky hits, some swinging bunts, but that's gonna happen.\"
\r\n
\r\nA pitcher with an impressive sinking two-seam fastball, Marshall lives on the ground ball. With his command of that pitch increasing, his power changeup and developing slider are only becoming more effective. He's not a high strikeout pitcher which makes it even more important that he pitch within the zone. He's walked just three hitters over his past 19 innings.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'm really impressed with him right now,\" said coach Ware. \"I think he's pitching well enough to pitch at any level with the command of all three of his pitches and the quality of all three of his pitches.\"
\r\n
\r\nHeading into the final weeks of the season, Marshall, with the 9th most innings pitched in the Florida State and tied for the most games started entering Thursday's start, looks to only throw a few innings every five days as the season winds down. That doesn't mean he's done helping the Yankees in the playoff push. After a tough April, Marshall has all but forgotten his early season struggles.
\r\n
\r\n\"Winning is contagious and losing is contagious,\" Marshall said. \"When you start losing it's hard to stop losing.
\r\n
\r\n\"And when you're winning, it's hard to stop winning.\"
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