The Indy Star is reporting he'll be starting Friday night. I plan on going, anyone else from the Indy area going? This will be a good opportunity to see him pitch up close.
That sucks if it is Friday. I think I can only do the Thursday game. Anyone know who is scheduled to pitch on Thursday?
The fact that Homer Bailey is pitching so well in AAA almost makes it tolerable that Bronson Arroyo suddenly absolutely sucks.
Our long-term top four of Harang, Cueto, Volquez and Bailey is still looking very good.
I will be one of the first to say it: the fact that he is pitching so well makes him Jocketty trade bait. I don't want him traded; I just fear Jocketty will use him to solve the Reds offensive problems.
The Reds, of course, are being pushed by media and fans to bring up Homer Bailey - right now - and Jay Bruce - right now.
Baker would like to see them, too - when the organization thinks they are ready. He doesnít want to rush them and abort the progress of two 21-year-old futures.
The question? Are they ready? Will they be better than what now occupies the roster, where a lot of dead weight squats.
Bailey is 3-1 with a 1.03 ERA at Class AAA Louisville with 16 strikeouts and four walks in 26 1/3 innings. Iíve been told that Bailey was instructed to pretty much toss his curve ball into File 13 and go with his fastball, slider and changeup. Thatís a tough thing because Bailey always relied on that curve and likes to revert to it when he gets in trouble.
The main thing, though, and Baker mentioned this, is that reports indicate Bailey has cut down on his pitch-count, which killed him this spring and got his ticket punched to Louisville.
Reds were pushed by the media / fans last year for Bailey and he didn't live up to the hype.
I'm not so sure he has a true slider. I'd call it more of a cut-fastball.
As a hard thrower, I'm surprised someone didn't come to him earlier in his career and instruct him to deep-6 the curve and go exclusively with the slider.
24 Years and Counting...
6 Ip, 6 H, 4 R, 3 Bb, 6 K
Most Vottomatic Player
I hope the plan for Bailey to do away with the curve is a short term plan. His curve was his K pitch. I don't understand why they would want to cut that out.
Are they making a plan to make him a reliever. Relievers usually use only 2 pitches.
I just think it's silly to take away the curve--it was the pitch that made him a high K pitcher.