After last night’s blown save, Dusty Baker said: Ã‚Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“In CocoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s defense, he hadnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t been out there in six days.Ã¢â‚¬Â
What Baker neglected to say: Ã‚Â “…which is entirely my fault, because I, as manager, control which relievers pitch, when.”
In the six days between Cordero outings, Baker used 17 relievers to pitch 16.1 innings. Ã‚Â That’s nearly three a day – and yet he didn’t get Cordero into a game for one inning of mop-up. Ã‚Â This, despite abundant evidence over the past three years that Cordero is lousy on long rest (and short rest, for that matter).