Again today the Enquirer has tons of stuff on Castellini and the job that he’s taken on.

Chris Sabo had an interesting comment on Homer Bailey:

Bailey could pitch here (Great American) right now,” says former Reds star Chris Sabo, now working in the Reds’ minor leagues.

“He is imperial,” says Sabo, inflating his chest to show what he means. “Isn’t that what you want? Twenty-five guys like that? Nine of them on the field and the other 16 believing they should be?”

I saw Bailey pitch a number of times last year (3-4) and while I’m very high on his talent and prospects, to say he could pitch in the big leagues right now is, IMHO, just silly. He walks too many people, he didn’t seem to be able to get himself out of trouble, and he didn’t even dominate the Midwest League.

I’ve been a Reds fan since the late ’60’s, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in ’84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in ’90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.

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  1. Sabo hasn’t always been considered the brightest bulb on the tree.

    It would be an act of desperation to throw someone like Bailey into the MLB level this year.

  2. Basically, I agree with your assessment of Bailey. He can strike out tons of guys, but he has a problem getting out of jams and does walk to many people. I think he needs to refine his 2nd and 3rd pitches as well before he even sniffs Cincinnati. That being said, I think he is going to be special.

  3. Why has there never been any consideration of making Ryan Wagner a starter? Wasn’t he a starter in college? It might do him a world of good to get into the routine of going out there every fifth game.

  4. Wagner hasnt been a starter since High School. In College at Houston he was used as a reliever, I think he still holds the record for k/9 in college.

  5. whats silly is some stat head acting like he knows something about baseball besides statistical analysis. That is freakin rediculous. Let the BASEBALL people decide.

    BTW MORONS…Homers hiogh walk rate had much to do with his work on his change…which imo he doesn’t need. His fastabll and curve are THAT good.

    Hey doug homers second pitch is his curve and it’s one of the best in the minors.

    rolls eyes stat heads are so…..

  6. Suggestion: If you’re going to attack the intelligence of other posters, at least check the spelling and punctuation of your rant. Glass houses and all that.

    But to address your point (what I can discern of it) – who in the Hell are you bashing? There is only one stat even referred to in this whole thread.

  7. The type of pitching this team needs since we have a ballpark where the balls fly and not that great of a defense is this:

    High K/9
    BB/9 is not as important as a low OAV. Walk guys just as long as you strikeout the next guy. Walks dont move runners more than one base, its better than singles. Strike batters out and the runners move no where. The whole pitch to contact routine that Gullet was using was idiotic for this type of team.

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About Bill Lack

I've been a Reds fan since the late '60's, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in '84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in '90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.

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