Originally Posted by Blitz Dorsey
It's absolutely amazing that a kid's stock could drop so much in the minds of some people due to 6 starts in the bigs at the age of 21. Oh yeah, and he was 4-2 in those starts (ERA and WHIP was awful though, of course).
But the point is the same one I've been hammering home for weeks: If Bailey's stock has dropped, that's fine. We'll keep him. He's still the same guy who was considered the No. 1 pitching prospect in the minors as late as June of 2007. I am not going to be concerned about a small sample size in the majors when he was dealing with a groin injury. Everyone and I mean everyone had him ranked ahead of Hughes, Chamberlain, Lester and every other young pitcher you can think of that hadn't already been called up (well, Hughes had been called up, and then immediately got hurt). And we're not talking about a year or two ago. A few months ago. Then I'm supposed to believe he's something entirely different because of six starts in the majors as a rookie? Please.
Bailey had 9 starts, and only 3 of them were bad. His other 6 starts he posted a 3.86 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP over those 6 starts. Those 3 bad starts came directly after hurting his groin in Philly in a bullpen session.
Yeah, I agree with you though, I just wanted to give a little more to your stuff.