Homer’s Odyssey

RHP Homer Bailey will start for the Reds on Saturday at Cleveland.

Last Pitched: For Class AAA Louisville on Monday vs Gwinnett and threw his seventh consecutive quality start to earn the 11-5 victory (7ip, 6h, 1er, 2bb, 8k, 1hr, 115 pitches, 74 strikes)…allowed only a leadoff HR to Reid Gorecki on the third pitch of the game.

Last Pitched for the Reds: On 5/23 vs Cle, in his only appearance of the season received no decision in the 7-6 loss (4.1ip, 3h, 6er, 6bb, 3k, 1hr, 95 pitches, 53 strikes)…left leading, 6-4, with the bases loaded and 1 out but was charged with 2 more runs scored off Burton…the 6 runs allowed tied his career high and the 6 walks were a new career high…walked the leadoff batter in the first, second and fifth innings…in the second allowed 4 runs on a 2-run HR to De Rosa and a 2-out, 2-run single to Cabrera…was optioned to Louisville the next day.

2009 Season: Saturday at Cle will make his second start of the season for the Reds, his first since 5/23…began the year at Class AAA Louisville, where he went 3-5, 4.57 with 2 complete games and a shutout in 8 starts before he was promoted on 5/22…started the 7-6 loss vs Cle on 5/23, then was optioned back to Louisville the next day…made 6 more starts for the Bats (5-0, 0.81) before he was tabbed Saturday’s starter.

At Louisville: In 14 apps for the Bats produced 11 quality starts, including quality starts in each of his last 7 apps (5-1, 1.07, 50.1ip, 47h, 6er, 12bb, 45k)… in his first start of the season allowed a season-high 8 earned runs in 5.1 innings (13.50era) and in his last 13 starts posted a 2.03era (84.1ip, 19er)…following his most recent start ranked among the International League leaders in innings pitched (89.2, 1st), wins (8, 2nd), strikeouts (82, 2nd) and ERA (2.71, 10th)…for the Bats, in 6 starts between his 5/22 and 6/27 promotions went 5-0, 0.81.

IL Pitcher of the Week: Twice this season was named the International League’s Pitcher of the Week…in 2 starts the week of 4/20-4/26 went 2-0, 2.92 with 18 strikeouts in 12.1 innings (10h, 6bb)…in the 10-3 win at Toledo on 4/26, over 6.1 innings he struck out a career-high 15 batters to tie the Louisville single-game record…in 2 starts from 6/1-6/7 went 2-0 without allowing a run (14.2ip, 11h, 2bb, 14k).

-JM
http://redsintern.mlblogs.com/

1 Comment

Good luck Homer! I want to see you make a permanent transition to our starting rotation… maybe replacing Arroyo once Volquez comes back and then Arroyo could be our one long relief pitcher. A 5.58 ERA and 18HRS allowed should be a sign that he has lost his mojo for the time being. Of course he is one of our highest paid players so there will be pressure from all sides for the Reds to continue using him as a starter.

Back on track…. GOOD LUCK HOMER!!!!

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