NLDS rotation set
Reds manager Dusty Baker appears to know his rotation for the NLDS.
“We’ve been planning this for a while. It didn’t take a genius to see how we planned it,” Baker said on Tuesday. “What you see is what it is right now.”
Judging by the current rotation — it’s Johnny Cueto, Bronson Arroyo and Mat Latos for the first three games.
Would they use four starters?
“We’re not sure about that,” Baker said. “Generally speaking, you only use three starters in the first round. We won’t try to guess who’s not [in] but that’s a pretty good ace in the hole if you’ve got a guy getting hammered. You usually don’t let guys stick around to get hammered. It’s not like a regular season game.”
Although Baker did not say specifically, it would appear that Homer Bailey is that ace-in-the-hole.
“That is always the toughest part – who do you leave off?” Baker said. “I’ve seen guys get angry. I remember one time with Lasorda, there were a couple of guys upset with him.”
Baker also realizes that he’ll be open to criticism for the selections.
“If it works, then it’s cool,” Baker said. “If it doesn’t, then you should have gone with somebody else.”