I'm glad Bailey didn't hemorrhage runs last night, but he needs to perform like a power pitcher with better control on a consistent basis before we can have any hope of him helping the major league club. He's got a way to go and tr's right that stepping off the gas pedal in terms of his advancement likely will be the best thing the Reds organization has done for him.
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I'm wondering if the OR isn't looming.
Cueto just seems like a freak to me. An exciting one, for sure, and it's great to have him emerge this spring because it gives the Reds the luxury of developing the other potential talent as they should rather than rushing them to the bigs. Who's to say Bailey won't be a dominant 23 year old in a couple of years? I'd take that.
We don't know that will happen, but I'm pretty sure I know what would happen if he goes north on OD.
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Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.
As upsetting as his post is, Princeton (as usual) has a point. While I haven't seen him this spring, I surmise that Bailey hasn't regained that 95 mph velocity. Last year, we were told there was a groin injury.
Is there a mechanical problem, an arm problem, other injury,or what? When Bailey goes 4 innings without a strikeout, it makes you wonder.
They are letting him pitch, which indicates that the Reds don't think he's hurt. That's a good sign. But since mid-2007 the guy doesn't seem to be the same pitcher. Hope he gets on track.
Also, the reason they have been starting Homer in spring training is because how long it takes him to warm up.
Sounds like his mechanics are good for the arm, but difficult/takes time to get a groove in and build strength.
As I said before, hope this guy doesn't get a leg injury in July, you may never see him again lol.
If anything, his late season stint rejected that notion. Trying to use spring training as a excuse doesn't cut it.
I listened to the whole broadcast last night, and Brantley was on Bailey like white on rice. But if you sift through the chaff, you will see that he had problems with Maurer, Cuddyer, Mourneau and Young. They were talking about pitch efficiency with Bailey and he got a lot of fly balls, and some "smashes" to Phillips and Encarnacion. He had one pulled by Keppinger as well. It sounded like they got good wood on him all night. He had several fouls that were in the near miss category. Overall I think it was more of a Haynesian effort. Many near misses, in terms of chances for the Twins to score runs. He missed up and he missed down, but Brantley did compliment him for his ability to get the fastball in on the hands. He got several popups on high fastballs. I don't think Brantley called one time that a Twin swung at a breaking ball.
Remember I am relying on the PBP of Jeff Brantley. The runner that scored reached base on a hit it where they aren't fly ball, Freel didn't get a good jump either.
The Sox traded Bullfrog the only player they've got for Shottenhoffen. Four-eyes Shottenhoffen a utility infielder. They've got a whole team of utility infielders.