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Too bad for Eric. He gets crapped on alot here, but he's actually had a somewhat decent year.
I've got to think Bailey is going to get some consideration if Eric is indeed done.
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4 man rotation for the rest of the year. Strict 100 pitch limits because of the three days rest. Use that 12 man bullpen you've got.
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It's not mathmatically impossible now to make the playoffs, but with SD, Phil, Florida, and SF ahead of us, it's very tough. If we stay with a five man rotation, we've still got to pitch a stinker in there.
Even though Lohse has worked out pretty good so far, Wayne should've picked up another starter at the deadline instead of focusing primarily on relievers. Leiber (for example) could've been a big difference maker and probably could've been had for Gernamo if the Reds took on all his salary. Of course, not doing "the Trade" would've likely helped in August when the offense disappeared.
So in summary, at this point, I don't think the risk/reward is worth bringing up Homer now. We've got maybe a 5% chance to make the playoffs at this point. There's too many teams ahead of us in the WC, and not enough games left on the schedule.
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The Reds have to do one very important thing for this dilemma to matter, and that is they have to make it to Saturday's game in Chicago and still have some semblance of a chance, otherwise any discussion about Homer coming up is a moot point.
Lohse goes tonight against Peavy, Harang tomorrow afternoon to finish the Pads series, and finally Arroyo Friday night in Chicago. It may be too much to ask, but given our situation in the standings and in the rotation, the Reds would be doing themselves a massive favor by winning all three of those games with what amounts to our best three starting pitchers in the rotation. Even winning two out of the next three keeps us in the race, albeit with a much lesser chance than flat out winning all three.
If we fail to win at least two of the next three games, IMO, it's a moot point and a lost cause anyway. With our three best starting pitchers going each of the next three games, they each need to pitch well and give us a chance heading into the weekend. Giving us a chance is, at minimum, winning two of the next three, with the obvious best case scenario of taking all three games.
If that happens, and only if that happens, then the discussions about what to do for Saturday's game and Sunday's game becomes a real issue worth worrying about.
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Yeah, cyclone, my query on Bailey is only in the event (unlikely, but ya never know...) that Cincy sweeps SD and the game on Saturday means more than it would if they drop two of three between now and then.
Sounds like we're in for some heaping helpings of Ryan Franklin the rest of the way.
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One other quick note on Bailey himself ... and that is that people should be realistically envisioning what kind of start Homer Bailey could give us to begin with.
Let's assume for a moment that Homer Bailey is ready for the majors at this moment. What's important to remember is that Bailey being "ready" doesn't necessarily equate to Bailey coming up, making a start, dominating and throwing up seven innings with only two runs allowed. That's not a very realistic scenario, and if that's what people are envisioning, they're likely to be disappointed.
First, Bailey would be on an extremely strict/low pitch count due to his age and workload already this season, and he'd probably throw no more than 100 pitches at the absolute max. Given that Bailey does have a history of control problems in the minors combined with his ability to strike batters out, he'd probably burn up those 100 pitches pretty quickly.
Second, as I said earlier with Bailey being "ready," it does not necessarily equate to dominance. Simply being ready means that Bailey could pitch adequately for the Reds right now while continuing to grow, mature and advance up through the learning curve over the next few seasons. Pitching adequately is just that, pitching adequately. He's not yet likely to go out and dominate, but he would have the ability hopefully to avoid getting shelled.
With those factors in mind, well what kind of pitching line could we expect from Bailey? IMO, a five plus inning effort while only allowing two or three runs is somewhat reasonable and should probably be considered successful. Given the low pitch count and incredibly short leash on Bailey, the bullpen would still be leaned on heavily to pitch a large quantity of vastly important innings in any Bailey start.
Is it worth the risk to bring him up and start him in a game where we'll still heavily rely on the bullpen regardless? Again, that's a very important question that hopefully is answered correctly, whichever answer that is.
Barry Larkin - HOF, 2012
Put an end to the Lost Decade.
how much is Miltons buyout at the end of the year?