Originally Posted by Brisco
Great post. A few thoughts in reaction:
1. Maloney and Willis appear to be much better against minor league hitters... Willis did not fare so well aginst major competition in Spring training... will he face the same problems if we call him up as Maloney? Perhaps, the AAA minors just dont have a lot of good hitters vs Reds LHP right now.
2. Wood is turning into an enigma. I cannot find a pattern for when he is "On" or off.
EDIT: I just read where the Reds sent Jordan to Louisville to make room for Bailey. I'm entirely convinced Walt read this thread and based his decision on my advice.
I agree with point number 1 about Willis. The difference between Maloney and him is that Willis has had success at the major league level in the past. To me, it's worth a look to see if he has magically regained that form. If he comes up and struggles, the Reds can cut him loose and re-insert Wood, Leake, or LeCure. There is some risk with this experiment, but the potential reward is too tempting to ignore.
I am not worried about Wood, nor am I really that puzzled, to be honest. Like I said, pitchers in the early part of their careers (first three years) are going to struggle. There are extremely few exceptions to this rule with regard to pitchers who have enjoyed long, successful MLB careers. I've done the research and the numbers are very revealing. If this were Wood's 5th or 6th year in the Majors and batters were hitting .315 off him, then I'd be worried.
Same goes for Leake. I really think these two could become this decade's version of Maddux and Glavine as they mature. I also don't expect either one of them to really blossom until the 2014 season and beyond.