In 2003, Dusty worked 22 year old Mark Prior very, very hard. Prior pitched 211.1 regular season innings and then went on to throw 23.1 more innings in the postseason, so he threw a cumulative 234.2 innings in 2003.
I just checked and by my count, he made 30 starts and here is the number of times he threw under 100 pitches and between 100-109 pitches, 110-119 pitches, 120-130 pitches, and 131+ pitches during the regular season:
Under 100: 4 Times
100-109: 7 Times
110-119: 10 Times
120-130: 6 Times
131 or more: 3 Times
So, he only threw fewer than 100 pitches in 4 out of his 30 starts.
More fun facts, look what Dusty did to him in September, when the Cubs needed to make a push for the postseason.
Sept. 1: 131 pitches
Sept. 6: 129 pitches
Sept. 11: 109 pitches
Sept 16: 124 pitches
Sept 21: 131 pitches
Sept 27: 133 pitches
By my count, that's 6 starts and 757 pitches in September at the end of a long season. Not to mention, back to back starts of 130+ pitches in the final 2 weeks of the season. After a long year and a lot of innings, Dusty had Prior throw two of his highest pitch count games.
Now, on to the postseason, where Prior put up the following pitch counts:
10/3 NLDS Game 3: CG 132 Pitches
10/8 NLCS Game 2: 115 Pitches (115 pitches despite Cubs scoring 12 runs through 6)
10/14 NLCS Game 6: 119 Pitches
So, Prior threw another 366 pitches in 3 post season games, which gives him a grand total of 3,764 pitches in 33 starts on the season.
Just for comparison, Aaron Harang (one of the biggest workhorses in the league) threw the following number of pitches:
2005: 3,402 (32 Starts, #P/GS: 106)
2006: 3,734 (35 Starts, #P/GS: 107)
2007: 3,583 (34 Starts, #P/GS: 105)
So, at the ripe old age of 22, Mark Prior threw more pitches in a single season (combined regular season and postseason) than Aaron Harang ever has. And, he did it in fewer starts and by throwing far more pitches per start, which is even harder on the arm. I guess Prior should be thankful that he missed a few starts over a stretch in July/August, or else his arm might have just flown right off.
So, in short, just say no to Dusty Baker. That is truly terrible, indefensible handling of a young pitcher. I don't want him anywhere near Homer Bailey or Johnny Cueto!!!!