View Full Version : Homer to start Thursday vs. Giants

09-16-2007, 01:36 PM
per C.Trent homer will make a start on thursday against the giants. He threw 90 pitches in 6 innings in the simulated game.

09-16-2007, 02:25 PM
Have a drink on me! :beerme:

09-16-2007, 02:26 PM
Excellent. A reason to watch.

09-16-2007, 02:34 PM
It will be good to see if he will be ready for the rotation next year. It could make a big difference if he is.

09-16-2007, 08:32 PM

09-16-2007, 09:36 PM

Bowns Dey.

09-16-2007, 11:17 PM
MILWAUKEE -- The Reds announced Sunday that top pitching prospect Homer Bailey would be called up to start on Thursday against the Giants in San Francisco.

Bailey last pitched for the Reds on July 7 before he was sent back to Triple-A Louisville. He spent July 19-Aug. 23 on the disabled list with a strained right groin.

After he was activated, Bailey made two starts for Class A Sarasota and went 0-1 with a 10.13 ERA before the Minor League season ended. The 21-year-old has been throwing in simulated games at the Reds' spring complex since then.

In the latest simulated game on Saturday, Bailey threw 90 pitches. It put him on track to start on Thursday in San Francisco on regular four days' rest. The right-hander is expected to join the Reds in San Francisco on Wednesday.

"I leaned on our development people. In this case, [Sarasota pitching coach] Tom Brown said he felt enough progress had been made and [Bailey was] well enough to pitch," Reds general manager Wayne Krivsky said. "We're going to see how he does Thursday."

Bailey was 6-3 with a 3.07 ERA in 12 starts this season for Louisville. After he made his big league debut on June 8, he had mix results, going 2-2 with a 6.99 ERA in six starts. He had some trouble with command -- evidenced by his 21 walks allowed compared to 15 strikeouts over 28 1/3 innings.

Kirk Saarloos pitched four innings in a spot start and took the lost in Saturday's 5-3 Reds defeat to Milwaukee. Saarloos, who was not guaranteed another outing, was informed that he wouldn't make Thursday's start by interim manager Pete Mackanin.

Mackanin, who took over as manager on July 3, saw Bailey make just one start before the right-hander was sent down.

"I saw potential," Mackanin said. "It's all about command. A pitcher's best friend is control and command of the fastball."

There appeared to be no pre-determined limit on Bailey's pitch count or innings for the start.

"He's been on a regular program. Pete will make the call," Krivsky said. "It's Pete's decision. As with all of our pitchers, we try to use common sense."

Pretty interesting article on why Bailey was brought up, so I decided to show it on this thread.

09-17-2007, 12:01 AM
If Homer is healthy this is a no brainer. The games against the Giants are some of the few throwaway games the Reds have. Apparently Bailey was going to be throwing 90 or more pitches in a simulated game regardless, so why not bring him up for this oppurtunity.

If nothing else this start can viewed as a reward for the rehab work Homer has done in the last 2+ months. It seems pretty clear that he wasn't at 100% when he was with the big club yet he was optioned down AAA before being disabled which may have cost him suoer two status down the road. So this can help reinforce a postive attitude for him heading into next year.

There is also some sense in not sending Saarloos back out to start again despite him having a passable effort. The same positive ending note applies for him personally plus a better final effort may make it easier to pack him into a deal as a balancer.

09-17-2007, 05:46 AM
It'll be nice to see Homer pitch in a pitcher's park

09-17-2007, 07:33 AM
It'll be nice to see Homer pitch in a pitcher's parkBonds Vs. Bailey. It would be nice to see the kid challenge him.:cool:

09-17-2007, 08:06 AM
Bonds Vs. Bailey. It would be nice to see the kid challenge him.:cool:

He'll lose.

09-17-2007, 08:50 AM


While the handling of Bailey this year has been questionable at best, I actually like the fact that he will be given another chance this year. If he doesn't pitch well, not much is lost. However, if he can end this year with a couple of solid appearances, then that could lead to more confidence and success next year. Good for them giving Homer a chance to end the year on a high.

09-17-2007, 12:08 PM
I read that Bonds is out 5-7 days so he may not face him.

09-17-2007, 05:41 PM
Hopefully Homer comes back strong. It would be nice to see what we got going into next year.

09-17-2007, 05:48 PM
He'll lose.
I like the Reds against Cain. They seem to do good against the pitchers that like to turn to the fastball alot. Especially when that pitcher is a righty. He's got a chance. Don't be negative.:)

09-17-2007, 07:43 PM
I could have sworn I just heard the "Segman" (WLW) say Homer was going to pitch Saturday in San Fran.