I watch homer lately, and I see a kid who needs to make a pitch or two here and there to be a very good starter.
Championships for MY teams in my lifetime:
Cincinnati Reds - 75, 76, 90
Chicago Blackhawks - 10, 13
University of Kentucky - 78, 96, 98, 12
Chicago Bulls - 91, 92, 93, 96, 97, 98
The Giants got very few good swings against Homer last night. It just so happened that two of them went out of the park.
I wouldn't give up on him at all. He still was working at an easy 96-97 late in the game. He's making progress. Now isn't the time to get impatient.
When Sandy Koufax was Homer's age, he walked 105 in 158 innings and led the league in wild pitches. Now, no one's saying Homer's going to be a tenth of Sandy Koufax, but the point is that players progress at all kinds of different rates. Patience....
"In baseball, you don't know nothin'"...Yogi Berra
Homer seems to be kind of a slow learner...at every level it has taken him 2 or 3 seasons to become a dominant pitcher. The good point is that he has some serious determination...he doesn't seem to give up easily, if ever. I think we're in for a couple of seasons of up and down performances before he really settles in and shows what Homer is really capable of. I, for one, hope he is still a Red when he does 'get it'. We missed the learning seasons for Volquez...he did that in Texas, but we saw Cueto learn (from mistakes) a lot last season and quite a bit less this season. I just think it will take Homer a little longer, but he'll come around. Patience.
"Okay you guys, pair up in threes!" --Yogi Berra