Originally Posted by Vottomatic
Dusty's really "dealin'" this team toward a tie for first place.
It's not that Dusty is a bad manager. He's okay to good. But a really good manager probably has this team 5 to 8 games up.
I guess that makes Mike Matheny in St. Louis the worst manager of all time.
The players play the game. Until a month ago, no one was a good option for cleanup, so BP (who's been there done that) was solidified there and Ludwick/Frazier really aren't overly ideal anyway. So aside from Bruce, who's been streaky again this year, there really aren't any beefs with the lineup that make overwhelming sense. Certainly not deserving of the vitriol some people cling to.
This team has Votto and Phillips, then about 10 streaky players that Dusty has to work with. Give the guy some credit, this is not the BRM.
Oh yeah, and the pitching staff is supremely healthy under his watch.