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2009 Reds Attendance Record 2-1
2010 Reds Attendance Record 2-2 ***Attended NLDS Game 3***
2011 Reds Attendance Record 1-0
Seems like we may see Homer against Cleveland sat with Maloney getting sent down. Strange that Homer always gets his shot against the Indians.
"When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail"
Yep they have no days off in AAA so it lines up.
If you're willing to sacrifice some careers, it can get you to the playoffs. It puts too much stress on the elbow. Holding the fingers further apart causes that stress on the elbow. The release at the end puts a whole different stress on the elbow than a fastball does when the fingers are spread further apart like that.
You get 3 very effective years from a pitcher this way, but then that's it.
I don't doubt the claim that it is more stressful, but asserting that it's a ticking time bomb for a pitcher's elbow is a bit much. Pitching is an unnatural act that given enough time will lead to injury of some sort. Why some pitchers last 20 years and others last 3 is certainly way more complicated than the use of any single pitch.
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 really do hope that the splitter is what turns Homer around and makes him ready for the majors.
But I have to say, at this point I'm skeptical. It seems like there's always something with Homer that he's done that's supposedly got him over the curve. That he's using his breaking pitches more, that he's taken back some power on the fastball to spot it better, now he's throwing more breaking balls, wait now his velocity is back, ok now less breaking balls, alright let's pick the curveball back-up, hey that slider is pretty nice, he's completely changed his attitude around. And in that whole sequence, a lot of those changes have gotten good results for Homer...except for with the Reds. It just seems like the new splitter is another adjustment in an already long list of adjustments he's made through out his career.
I hope my skepticism is unfounded though. I'd like nothing better than to see Homer come up and have a "Volquez '08" year for the major league club.
I hope it's never sunny in Philly again.
I think Bailey's at the point that if he wants to have any sort of career in the majors at all he has to do something. If this is it, fine. Better to have a good five years than none at all.
Get your nunchucks and the keys to your dad's car. I know where we can get a gun
2010 Attendance Record: 7-4
2009 Attendance Record: 14-16
Stop! Homer time!!
The bottom line is there are very few pitchers who can throw the split-finger fastball for more than 3 years without substantially shortening their careers. It's just not physically possible for the human arm to have any other result than that.
I've watched Harang repeatedly for the last 2 years now (the last half of '07 to now) gamble too many times per game. What I call gambling is "thinking you can get a pitch past a hitter which that hitter has home-run power with." Like the Strat-O-Matic game, if you want to think of it that way. Every player has certain pitches in certain areas where they have home-run power. Harang is way too much of a gambler and throws that pitch way too often. It's flat-out stupidity on Aaron Harang's part if you ask me. Some might call it obstinance, pride, or just that he's got an inflated opinion of his pitches, but I call it stupidity.
Here's my question: Is Maloney's propensity to give up homeruns similar to this, or is it that he gives up homeruns to opponents where their hitting the homeruns on pitches where they don't normally hit homeruns? In other words, his stuff just isn't that good.
Harang's stuff is that good, and he shouldn't be giving up the homeruns and doubles that he does. He needs a catcher that's going to put him in check and not let him throw certain pitches in certain situations and when they go over every hitter during pre-game warmups, Dusty or Pole need to be adamant with Harang about not throwing those pitches. There's no excuse for Harang's opposing OPS to be where it's been the last 2 seasons. It should be anywhere from .655 to .680.
"You can't let praise or criticism get to you. It's a weakness to get caught up in either one."
Well then let Bailey have 3 good years for us, ship him out for a nice package of talent, let someone else pay him and then let him be hurt for someone else. After all, baseball is a business and the goal is to win, not to see how much a player can do for you over 10 years, but how many titles and playoff appearances you go to. So give me 3 potentially good to great years with the splitty, instead of 10 below average to average without the splitter.
You can't say, "don't throw that, you may get hurt." Pitching in general isn't good for your arm. The injury rate is basically 100%. You gotta throw what gets guys out or you're not going to last anyway, so might as well go all out while you can and if you blow it out eventually, well, surgery works wonders nowadays.