Thursday, October 12, 2006

Dusty Baker is not a good manager by any stretch, but as much as he had to do with the injury-plagued careers of Kerry Wood and Mark Prior, he had no choice but to get a lot of innings out of them in 2003, especially in the playoffs. When your team is in a tight playoff race, you need to get your best arms out there when it counts.

Jim Leyland, on the other hand, contributed to Joel Zumaya's sore wrist by making him throw when the team didn't really need him. 6-run and 5-run leads do not call for your ace reliever with two rounds of playoffs to go.

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