Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor
Sometimes it just seems like people bash on Dusty for being Dusty.
All things considered, I can't say he's been a terrible manager. Could he have been better? Of course. But, on the other hand, its not like I'm exactly pining for the days of Boone, Miley and Narron running the show.
He hasn't abused the young arms, and he's getting high production out of the BP arms as well.
Not a bad overall showing by Dusty. Certainly not worth the money he's being paid, but no worse than anything that's been around here in recent memory either.
I agree and the team is more competitive than in recent years. The response is that the players are better, true, but keep in mind that they are near .500 and Harang is 3-11. Overall I'm ok with Dusty.
But I wasn't happy with the use of Weathers in the ninth yesterday. My hunch is that Dusty was influenced by all the bad publicity over the extra innings San Diego game. Just speculating that Dusty thought it might be a long extra innings game and didn't want to get caught short with relief pitchers again.
So he tried to stretch out Weathers and got burned. (Weathers as a Red has always been more effective in his first inning of work, putting him out there in the ninth was major high risk, particularly third straight appearance for him.)