Originally Posted by _Sir_Charles_
My point was that Homer was rushed to the bigs WELL before he was even close to ready. He got killed as you would expect. His confidence plummets...and then they send him back down. Then he starts to pull it together in the minors again...and they rush him back up only to get creamed because he's again not ready yet. And they reward him by pushing him back down and further lowering his confidence. Rinse and repeat. Add in the spring training where he dominated and was rewarded by being shipped down again. If this sort of thing was done to Cueto...he wouldn't have had the success he's had at the bigs. He was developed properly and has slowly settled in at the majors. Everyone...no, scratch that (I get in trouble when I say everyone even though I 'mean' lots of people)....SOME people tend to only look at the results and forget the process. With a young pitcher coming out of high school with the kind of hype Homer had...the process matters a great deal.
It's taken Homer longer to reach a balance point of sorts, but right now I say he's pretty comparable to Cueto currently. Hopefully that's clearer.
Wow, if this isn't a pot full of excuses. If Bailey was pretty comparable to Cueto currently, then why are their 2010 numbers so different? And they're not just kind of different. They are very different, even after today's performance (which I congratulate him on.)
I hope Bailey pitches the way he did today for the rest of the year, and many years after that. I also hope that Devin Mesoraco continues to OPS over 1.000, and Drew Stubbs continues to hit like he did today, and blah blah blah. Sadly, reality and past performance tells us that some (if not all) of this won't happen.
Enough with the negativity. My point is that I'll still take Cueto over Bailey, every day of the week.