Originally Posted by OnBaseMachine
I've never been a Dusty fan, but even I'm surprised at how awful he's been this season. Between consistently using our worst relievers in pressure situations, only using guys in defined roles, and taking the bat out of Votto's hand with the sac bunt, it's been a horrible 12 games for Dusty Baker.
Many people wanted Hoover to take Broxton's place this off season. I think most of us are high on him and the Reds brass are as well. He has been pitching poor so far this season but like any pitcher you need to keep running him out there so he can break out of his funk. I don't have much of an issue with Dusty's handling of the pen.
The way I look at it, its been a horrible 5 games for the Reds. Votto is doing a good job of taking the bat out of his hands. Guy hasn't hit for power early this season and has a grand total of 3 RBI. Pitchers are doing their best to pitch around them and take their chances with Phillips and then Bruce. Baker could do the best job of managing in his career and the Reds still would be where they are. If your not doing a good job of situation hitting your bullpen is pouring gas on the fire you aren't going to win. There is absolutely no way that you should give up a 5-0 lead after 6 innings to the Pirates.