Don't want to take any credit away from Homer Bailey who has really matured and worked at his craft; to Mike Leake who is trusting his stuff more rather than acquiescing to contact; to Bronson Arroyo who is as cerebral and wily a vet as you'll find; to Mat Latos who is mega talented.
But I do want to applaud the job Bryan Price has done in Cincinnati. I was ecstatic about the hire when it was made, if only because people spoke glowingly of him. But listening to Homer Bailey speak of the influence he has over the pitchers seems to corroborate everything that had previously been said over him. It's rare to see a guy have such impact on careers of guys in their mid and late 20s. I think the difference in the best and worst pitching coaches is probably minimal, but there are a few who really stand out in their profession; Price seems to be one of them.
The Reds continue to support a team BB/K rate of over 3-1. This in spite of the so-called ace of the staff and second-most talented reliever both being out most if not all of the year. These are not your big brother's Cincinnati Reds.