Cueto's still throwing strikes. His strikes are just a little too good right now. He appeared to be falling off to the 1st base side a little more than usual last night which explains the ball being further up in the strike zone more. He's let his youth get to him a bit lately, meaning he gets visibly frustrated and starts to overthrow. He just needs to calm himself and let it fly. He'll be perfectly fine.
Homer by most accounts is getting his control where it needs to be and will be up soon. Cueto stays. The one to go will be Belisle most likely and then to the pen while someone in the pen takes a ride elsewhere.
Homer Bailey continued to make a case that he deserves a spot in the Cincinnati Reds' rotation yesterday with a power pitching display at Louisville Slugger Field. Bailey struck out 10 in seven innings in the Louisville Bats' 4-3 victory over the Toledo Mud Hens.
It's the most strikeouts the right-hander has had in a Triple-A game and one shy of his professional career high.
Bailey, who has been dominant for Louisville and improved to 4-2 with a 2.29 ERA, showed sizzling stuff early with two strikeouts in the first inning. He ended four innings with strikeouts, and he struck out his final two batters in the seventh.
"His stuff has just been electric coming out of his hands," Louisville manager Rick Sweet said. "All of his stuff is coming out of his hands better. Fastball, slider, curveball change-up; all of his pitches are better. … He's in much more control of what he's trying to do."
Last year Bailey went 4-2 with the Reds but had a 5.76 ERA. He was unable to secure a spot with them out of spring training this season.
Getting sent back to the minors can be tough on young pitchers, but Bailey, who turns 22 on Saturday, seems to take a matter-of-fact approach about his future.
"You worry about your next game, your next pitch," he said. "I don't have any control over it. I don't worry about it. Right now this team has been playing well. That's the biggest thing I focus on."
Bailey had a 2-1 lead going into his final inning. Toledo's Erick Almonte rocketed a line drive over the left-center-field fence for a two-run home run and a 3-2 lead. Bailey regrouped by striking out Nick Trzesniak and Derek Wathan to end the seventh.
Louisville picked up Bailey in the bottom half of the inning. The Bats loaded the bases, and Paul Janish hit a one-out, two-run single that made Bailey the winning pitcher.
After the game, Bailey was still annoyed about Almonte's 387-foot shot.
"It was a fastball right down the middle," said Bailey, who allowed five hits and two walks. "I was behind in the count. He did what he was supposed to do."
So what more does Bailey have to do?
"Just keep doing what he's doing," Sweet said.
Homer hasn't shown much to prove he belongs in the majors yet. He still has another 50I's to prove himself before he is stuck down in AAA for the whole season.
Triple-A Louisville: The Bats' 4-3 victory Wednesday over Toledo marked their 16th win, matching the franchise record for victories in April (16-6, 2000).
In Wednesday's win, Homer Bailey showed why he's one of the Reds best prospects. His line: 3 runs on 5 hits in 7 innings (2 walks, 10 strikeouts, 108 pitches, 66 strikes).
Bailey's 4-2 with a 2.29 ERA in six games. Here's an even further breakdown of Bailey's numbers in Louisville:
Bailey vs. left-handed batters: (14-for-74, .189 batting average, 3r, 1hr, 3rbi, 4bb, 13k).
Bailey vs. right-handed batters: (16-for-67, .239 batting average, 7r, 3hr, 7rbi, 5bb, 19k).
I think if Beslile gets blown up tomorrow, Bailey could take his slot next week
So, the outing last night wasn't stellar...but it wasn't like the guy got rocked. I'm very impressed that his Ks have been climbing. 7 hits though is an awful lot, but I guess the defense sucked last night so I'll give him a bit of a pass. Hopefully his next outing is stellar.
That's 4 pitches!!!Fastball, slider, curveball change-up