Originally Posted by Red Swagger
Dusty Baker is the worst bullpen manager in the game of baseball. He has cost the Reds numerous wins thus far in 2013, including today. WHERE THE HELL IS CHAPMAN? I mean, you play 14 innings and watch your RP blow yet another win vs LH hitters without using Chapman, absolutely insane. The fact that he can't pitch unless its a save situation is pathetic, TRADE HIM then. This team will go nowhere with Baker at the helm, we might make the playoffs again, but no series win. Shouldn't have brought him back after the playoff collapse in 2012.
The handling of extra inning games on the road has been discussed many times on RedsZone.
The opposition hits last. It's their home game. So many managers save their closer for that last at bat, to nail down a win.
Some say use the closer earlier. Or you don't get to the win. But the response is that you can't win if you don't pin down that last at bat.
Most managers seem to do it Dusty's way. Some differ. But at the end of the day somebody has to pitch each and every important situation and it cannot be the same pitcher. You need several reliable relievers.