Originally Posted by MikeS21
I'm really looking forward to seeing Cueto.
I'm not as enamored by Homer Bailey as others around here are. I suppose my reservations about Bailey stem towards my feelings about his work ethic. It all goes back to spring training a couple years ago when Mario Soto was teaching his change-up to the minor league pitchers. Cueto was his star pupil. From what I read, Bailey never sought ought Soto for help. As I see it, Bailey's greatest weakness is his change. If he would get serious and allow himself to be coached by someone who knows how to throw a GREAT change and knows how to teach it, Bailey's success would skyrocket at the major league level.
To me, if you want to improve the pitching staff, hire a plane to fly in Mario Soto, and have him spend about two weeks alone with Bailey, Cueto, and Belisle. Take Bailey's 95+ mph fastball and 12-6 curveball, and add in a Mario Soto change-up, and the kid will become the whiz kid everyone hopes he will be.
The question is, will Jocketty persuade the Reds to tutor Bailey?
I pretty much agree. I have posted this before but again, what I saw that I didn't care for in Bailey last year, was the game he pitched where the wheels fell off, as he was heading down the wrong road, Ross tried to tell him something, and Bailey turned his back. That reminds me of the young "phenom" Tomko, who the reds gave up on as un-coachable. Tomko never amounted to more than a journeyman.