I spent some time pondering the current state of Reds pitching.
Harang - solid and should continue to be
Arroyo - struggled for the last few months, teams seemed to have figured him out.
Lohse/Milton - don't you hold your breath every time they take the mound?
5th starter - MIA
Guardado - arm seems to be held together with wire and rubber bands
Cormier - should never pitch to a decent RHB in a leverage situation
Shack - ditto
Weathers/Coffey - better of late but they don't miss many bats
Franklin - Phillies kept Rick White instead of him but has been decent
Michalak - seems like Keisler deja vu
Which brings me to who will start Saturday against an agressive almost entirely RHB Pirate team.
EZ - not an option
Michalak - with his slightly elevated gopher ball rate and his not bat missing tendencies and being LH does not make for a good matchup with the Rats.
Franklin - been a starter throughout his career but has been pitching 1-2 innings in relief this year. Seems like the arm strength is unlikely to be there. Do you really want to send out a guy unlikely to pitch more than 4-5 innings at this point in the season?
That is really the list at the moment with one exception.
Could Saturday be the debut for Homer Bailey? It would be with an extra day of rest but the Reds could pick a better team to pitch him against than the Pirates.
I have no idea if this might happen but for some reason I just have this hunch I can't seem to shake. Homer would seem to be the best option and wouldn't it be fun.
Food for thought anyway.