1) Why the faith in Corey Patterson? Patterson is absolutely awful. Almost anyone would play better than Corey. Game line today: 0-8, 3 K's. He certainly contributed to the Reds loss today. Patterson is a holdover from Dusty's tenure as manager with the Cubs so he brought him over to the Reds, and with unfortunate consequences.
2) Unusual, and usually idiotic pitching changes - I've seen too often where Dusty has brought in pitchers to relieve the starters and see them getting their brains bashed in, even though the starters are going strong. I don't know if Dusty has a clue how to manage the pitching staff.
3) Interesting lineups - Dusty puts unusual lineups on the field sometimes. If I were the manager, I would have my best players play every day and maybe give them 1-2 days off a much. Baker gives these guys way too many days off, especially with the rookies because he probably doesn't want to hurt their development. Case in point: He has been slow with 1B Joey Votto, even though Votto is completely ready for the major leagues.
I hope Dusty starts becoming a competent manager again because many Reds fans like me are getting impatient...