Does Homer really have an out pitch? He has a nice curve, when he can locate it, but the big advantage that Cueto and Volquez have over Bailey is the devestating changeup.
Should Bailey spend his time in AAA working on a Soto change or a sinker?
I can't help but see Homer Bailey and think Kyle Lohse... Electric stuff. Dominant when he attacks hitters and stays in the zone. Disastrous when he doesn't.
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.
I am encouraged by Bailey so far this spring. Several people have been quoted as saying he looks better than they have ever seen him, including catchers Chad Moeller and David Ross.
"I caught him some last year and that’s the best I’ve seen him,” Moeller said. “Command, velocity, his fastball was kind of cutting across the strike zone. That was a different pitcher than I saw last year.” Link from HERE.
From today's Louisville paper:
""He's really turned the corner as far as learning how to pitch and throwing pitches with conviction," Ross said. "He's not just a one-pitch pitcher."
"Added Bats manager Rick Sweet: "His ball is coming out of his hand so much better than what I saw last year."
His numbers through his first 3 Bats starts:
2 wins 1loss, ERA of 1.42, 19.0 innings pitched, 14 hits, 3 runs (all earned), 1 HR allowed, 3 BBs, 13 Ks, BA against of .209, and a .842 WHIP.
“This one was a perfect one. I don’t know if I can find a better one, better timing. He [Price] really said some great things there. It really encouraged us to go back and do what we do. … I didn’t know he could speak like that.” Brayan Pena 5/21/14
Keep it going, Homer!
Looking good so far!
In fact, I'd go so far as to say he has two out pitches - his FB and his curve. He just needs to put them in the strike zone with more regularity, which he's doing this season. Hence, a WHIP of 0.87.
dougdirt will tell you I have been one of Homer's harshest critics over the last couple of years.
And I have to say that Bailey has done well this year so far.
Sure, I'd love to see those K/9 numbers go back up, but a quality start is more important than leading the league in K's. Homer has given three quality starts. It certainly has to be helping his confidence - as well as the confidence of those in the organization who have lobbied on Homer's behalf.
Show me this kind of consistency over 8-10 more starts and I would consider him ready for another shot in Cincy.
Opinions are like belly buttons. Everybody has one, and they don't want someone else's shoved into their face.
Qaulity starts are stepping stones to being consisent and potentially dominating.
Harang is a good example of this. Not the most dominant by any stretch of the imagination, but consistency has led him to be a #1 on our staff. He typically gets the job done.
Keep it up Homer.
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Also from Krivsky:
On Homer Bailey: "He looked good. Ross caught him in fact. I talked to David the next day. He said Homer has made tremendous improvement. He's locating his pitches better. He's doing well."
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