Originally Posted by Mario-Rijo
Well sure Leake is gonna have his ups and downs no doubt about it. But he has a much better feel for pitching than these guys do and he has great confidence in his ability along with good stuff. He's not gonna have such low lows and especially not such prolonged bouts of it. Even Cueto doesn't go thru what Bailey does which is times when he just can't do anything right. Why has Cueto's stuff is better as well and that is the big difference between them IMO.
IMO you've hit the nail on the head here. One word. Confidence.
Leake's never had a dent in his...ever, from what I can tell in his college career.
Cueto's only had one extended bad stretch (in the middle of last season) and he's rebounded.
Bailey's confidence has been repeatedly pounded on by Reds Management with their screw ups and poor judgment.
Of course, had Bailey been lights out each time he was brought up, the Reds wouldn't have demoted him repeatedly...but to expect that from a 20-23 year old is asking a bit much IMO.