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Baker negatively impacting another youngster?

Apr 14, 2010, 10:40 PM EDT

bailey heaving.JPGVeteran manager Dusty Baker often gets blamed, fairly or unfairly, for hurting the careers of pitchers like Kerry Wood, Carlos Zambrano and Mark Prior with years of strenuous pitch counts and uneven days of rest. 

Whether Baker is guilty or not, his handling of Homer Bailey this evening can only be described as questionable.  The 23-year-old Bailey was solid in his 2010 debut last week, racking up five strikeouts over five innings against the Cubs, but was forced to throw 115 pitches tonight in a loss to the Marlins — only his second start of the year.  That’s quite a load for a young pitcher that has been groomed to throw only 90-100 pitches per outing and an indictment on Baker as a manager.

Bailey had a 2.41 ERA in 37 1/3 innings last season in the month of September and was dominant in his only October start.  The Reds have high hopes for him this year and for many years to come.  But should they, considering the reputation of the man that is leading the squad?

  1. Andrew - Apr 15, 2010 at 12:14 AM

    This was due to the bullpen being overly taxed in the games leading up to this one. Whoever was starting for the Reds ( and Marlins, for that matter )was going to have to “take one for the team” because of the extra inning affairs on Monday and Tuesday.
    I’m no Dusty Baker fan, but you should probably reserve your indictment for when he truly deserves it. I’m certain that time will come soon enough….

  2. GimmeSomeSteel - Apr 15, 2010 at 2:57 AM

    Why would any team groom a starting pitcher to throw only 90-100 pitches per start? It seems like a certain way to team failure to me.
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    However, considering the way the various owners of the Reds have run the team over the last almost 20 years, that may be the idea. so long as the mouth-breathers in this region keep showing up at the GASP, why bother to give them a quality product? It’s much easier to fail and make excuses than to put a winner on the field.
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    Anyway, Andrew is right. After two extra-inning games in a row, the starters were going to have to throw more pitches than usual, and the save wound up being a rarity, a two-inning job by the usually unnoticed Burke Badenhop.

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