Re: Dusty Baker
I don't have a problem with any of Dusty's moves this season until today's. All the previous ones had a logical explanation and most often are just Monday morning quarterbacking.
But this one was inexcusable, and a result of two major flaws that Dusty has.
1. Keeps players in their roles until they prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that they don't deserve that role anymore.
2. Believes that a team should have only one closer.
The problem that I had with bringing Cordero in was not that he had pitched in the last two days, but that he had pitched terribly in the last two days. He clearly didn't have his best stuff and with the All-Star break coming up, the logical thing to do was to give him some long rest.
One additional point, is that Cordero has always been a decent closer, but never a great one. Streaks like these are normal for him, as it is normal for him to bounce back and reel off a dozen or so great outings. I have faith that Cordero will be a decent closer the rest of the season, but that does mean a few more streaks like the one he just had.
We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. - Albert Einstein