The "spots being picked for him" argument is a disappointing one because you can use it to downplay any success the guy has. His first MLB appearance was with the bases loaded against the eventual champs. He pitched three innings in a game last week. He's used as a back of the bullpen disposable arm, not some commodity to be protected. He's in the same role a thousand unproven bullpen arms have been before him - go out there and pitch when we don't want to use our top guys.
Back to my original point, Maloney isn't Herrera and DRH's success doesn't guarantee anything for Maloney. But if Herrera keeps it up, I wonder if the continued success of another "low stuff" guy will cause some to think twice on Maloney.
Arroyo couldn't break glass with his fastball and he does alright.
I think that's probably what Maloney is. A left handed Bronson Arroyo.
I hope it's never sunny in Philly again.
Just pray hard that the "Harang curse" from last year against San Diego doesn't happen again.
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Maloney has a bigger variety of pitches he can throw and thats what is making him into a better pitcher... his sinker has good late movement to get batters to strike out... I like Maloney better than Bailey but that just my opinion
I think that DRH has done great for us this year. I would like to see him more in pressure situations. His stuff is like nothing that many major leaguers have seen in years. But I also think that he needs to be used when his stuff is moving. If he is warming up, and its not moving, how hard is it for him to "rewarm up". He throws in the lower 80s.
Also, You can't compare DRH to Maloney, Maloney is a starter. He will see the lineup several times before he is done for the day. If DRH can get people out with 2 of his pitches for a week, then use 1 of his other crazy pitches to get some others out for the next week, WOW!
DRH does so good because its so hard to put a swing on a ball going so slow and breaking. Hes a case where slow actually is a very good thing.
Maloney should be on the Reds and should have been since, at least, last season. He deserves a shot. Homer needs to stay in Louisville until September.
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Saw where Dusty mentioned needing a left hander to face the Phillies. Maloney could be called up to replace Masset against them.
Maloney is on the 40 man, Id bring him up
Local guy making his MLB debut in cincy. Could set up for a disaster or a very fun night to watch.
I've been on the Maloney bandwagon for awhile too. Maybe because I just get annoyed at all the Bailey bandwagoners wanting to promote Homer even though his numbers are mediocre/average or worse in triple A. I will never understand that. Plus, Homer has like a plus 6.00 e.r.a. in 16 starts or more in the majors. Maloney is another guy that doesn't throw hard, but knows how to pitch. It worked for Greg Maddux and a whole host of other pitchers.
Maloney pitches like a power pitcher though.
Maloney's doing what he needs to do to merit a shot at the next level. He's a FB pitcher, so he needs to limit the BBs in order to avoid the dread three-run HR. From what I gather, he's also mixing his pitches well.
Bailey's got the same problem he's had for years. He's hard to hit when he's wild, but he loses movement when he tries to place the ball the strikezone. He hasn't figured out how to retain movement and hit the zone. That might be lack of physical maturity or 10-cent head syndrome or both. Right now he's an unremarkable pitcher in AAA. Normally a 23-year-old kid in those circumstances wouldn't be an issue. The problem with the Reds and Bailey is the club can't give him until he's 25 to work it out in the minors (as perhaps Maloney is doing) and then promote him.
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Apr 26 - 118-79 67%
May 2 - 106-78 74%
May 8 - 114-75 66%
May 13 - 86-58 67%
To me, Homer appears to have two problems.
1. He starts games with no idea which of his pitches are working for him and it takes a while to figure it out.
2. Lefthanded batters are killing him
LHB - .369
RHB - .167
There have been times where he dominated LHB and I don't know why. It could be that he needs a certain pitch working to get LHB out and if he doesn't have it, he gets creamed.