We’ve been quick to pull the trigger on criticism of Dusty Baker (and there are significant concerns about a couple of his decisions in the last two games), but I have to offer sincere praise for his handling of the pitching staff thus far. Especially with respect to Johnny Cueto last night, Baker has been easy on the arms. He could have very easily sent Cueto back to the mound to try to complete a one-hitter.

This is one area where Dusty’s reputation was not good, and where we have been worried. So far, Dusty looks to have learned his lesson; he hasn’t let a pitcher go more than 100 pitches a single time. Kudos! Keep it up, Dusty.