Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey has been named National League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America for the period ending October 4th.
In two outings last week, Homer posted a perfect 2-0 record and 0.69 ERA while recording 14 strikeouts over 13.0 innings. On September 29th, the 23-year-old held the N.L. Central Champion St. Louis Cardinals to one run through 7.0 innings, notching seven strikeouts against four walks. The win was Homer’s first career victory against the Cardinals. On October 4th, the La Grange, Texas native tossed 6.0 scoreless innings, striking out seven in a 6-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. It was Bailey’s third consecutive win and his eighth of the season, setting a new career-best. Over his final nine starts of the 2009 seaosn, the 2004 first-round draft pick posted a 6-1 record. From August 23rd on, Homer’s 1.70 ERA was tied for third behind only Kansas City’s Zack Greinke (1.29) and Atlanta’s Jair Jurrjens (1.53). This is Bailey’s first career weekly award.