Yeah, I know. Bochy has some weaknesses as manager that drive us all crazy. Still, in an effort at fairness . . .
1) He uses Brian Wilson well. He'll bring him in in the 8th. He'll pitch him two innings. He'll use him to pitch the 9th or 10th in tie games. And on a night when Wilson struggles, he'll bring in Santiago Casilla. He's not locked into the 'save situations only' Tony LaRussa model.
2) He doesn't really have a LOOGY, and he's not wedded to platoon advantage in the bullpen. He's got lefties in the pen, but he'll use them against righties, he'll bring in Affeldt to face righties in the 7th or 8th. He tries to give the most crucial innings to the guys he regards as the best pitchersin his 'pen.
3) Pitch counts for starters are sometimes a bit alarming, but look at the results--a staff built on young arms, all of whom have stayed healthy--Timmy, Cain, Sanchez. He'll push a starter a little, but our starting pitching is the team's biggest strength.
4) I don't think I've ever seen him talk down a player to the media. He deals with situations behind closed doors, the team figures out what the company line is going to be, and he sticks to it, even if it's preposterous.
5) We deride him for riding a hot streak, but as long as an Andres Torres is producing, he'll play. That's something.