Re: Will Baker Impede Progress?
I'm more worried about Harang and Arroyo than the kids. I think Dusty rode Prior and Wood so hard because he figured they could take it. I think he'll be careful with the kids, but I see a lot of those 7.2 IP, 5 ER, 125 pitch nights from Harang unless we have somebody really step up in middle relief.
As for dolling out playing time, I've become less worried in that regard. Dusty hasn't exactly had talented youngsters at his disposal to not play. I think he'll play the best candidate for the job. Again, I'm more worried that he'll let Junior decide his own playing time, when he should be sitting at least once a week.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.