I don't think that Cora is terrible, but I also don't think he's necessarily good at BP management but my issue isn't with the early season workload on the starters. Short Spring Training combined with shitty starting performances. After the first month the leash was clearly off when pitchers were pitching well.... the issue was that they either weren't... or were injured and replaced by 3 guys who really were up far earlier than they should have been- however, IMO, all pitched better than should have been reasonably expected.
Coming into '23 my expectations for Bello, Crawford, Winchy, Seabold, etc... are much more different.
This being a BP thread, it's really hard to separate a starter's performance from bullpen usage and management... so just to be clear, again... while I don't think Cora is terrible, I don't think he's bad. The only thing I really find him making questionable decisions is usually around the 7th, 8th inning... and that's a tough area. Sometimes your best pitcher (non-closer) isn't available and I get that. But man... when Brasier keeps getting put in over and over in a tough situation and shows he doesn't have it... start using him in low leverage again. Give ANYONE else a chance. When it's clear that Sawamura is really only good when he starts an inning, and terrible at allowing inherited runners to advance and score... stop bringing him in when there's inherited runners on base! Cora I think suffers from Timlin/Embree to Foulke syndrome and won't deter from whom he places into his roles.