Mark Sheldon and John Fay suggest that uber-pitching-prospect Homer Bailey may make his major league debut next Saturday, against Cleveland.

I await further news on the subject. This could be an interesting week.

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10 Responses

  1. Chris

    All I hear is that the guy isn’t ready. Then he gets drilled tonight.

    And now they want to call him up?

  2. DevilsAdvocate

    Well, we should know by Thursday night at the latest, anyway; that’s Bailey’s next scheduled start at Louisville.

    Sheldon brings up the prospect of “extra ticket sales” that a Bailey debut in Cincinnati would bring (as opposed to on the road in St. Louis on Thursday) but next weekend’s series is Cleveland. I thought those were consistent sellouts regardless. Could be just a gesture towards the fans, though – Castellini’s an involved owner.

    Some teams purposefully schedule a big prospect’s debut on the road, for less pressure, but if anyone can handle a sellout crowd at home for his debut, it’s the cocksure Bailey.

  3. Y-City Jim

    Once he hits the 40 man roster, the clock starts ticking. Do the Reds want to start the clock ticking?

  4. Bill

    Another question…Livingston gives them a good start, and gets sent down..even though they need a starter next weekend. What kind of message does this send?

  5. Michael

    I agree with Bill. What are they thinking sending Livingston down in the first place? Makes no sense.

    Livingston should have been given a chance to build off his good start, instead Narron remarks, “I’m sure if we need somebody again, he’ll be highly considered.” Nice to hear that you’ll consider him!

  6. Michael

    If the Reds can add Homer sometime this season and another minor leaguer (i.e., Livingston) to their rotation, that would be ideal to go with Harang, Arroyo, and Belisle.

    Hopefully Milton will be relegated to mop up/long relief by season’s end.

  7. Michael

    And what about Lohse? He should go to the bullpen as well assuming the Reds are out of it and he is gone after this season anyhow.

    He’ll be too expensive for the Reds given how erratic he is – great one start, horrible the next.

  8. doug

    The more and more I think about it, the less I think Bailey is coming up. They would need to make a 40 man move, and the Reds just dont seem to be the type to make many of those moves and I dont think anyone can be moved from the 15 to 60 day DL to make that room.

    Chris I dont think he was shelled last night. He had a rough first inning and pitched pretty well after that point. From the 2nd-6th he allowed 1 run on 3 hits and 2 walks while strking out 6 batters. First inning was rough, but he settled down after that and threw just 75 pitches over the next 5 innings.

  9. Tom

    About dang time. He’s been good down there all season. The best of a good AAA staff.

    Age ERA G IP H HR BB SO WHIP OPS BAbip
    Bailey 21 2.33 10 58.3 39 3 24 51 1.08 .554 .238
    Shearn 29 4.00 11 63.3 65 6 25 52 1.42 .728 .314
    Gosling 26 3.32 10 57.0 59 5 20 39 1.39 .748 .309
    Dumatrait 25 3.79 11 57.0 60 6 28 36 1.54 .770 .295
    Livingston 24 3.74 11 67.7 84 5 13 43 1.43 .771 .353

    It’ll be interesting to see what other moves are made to make room for him on the 40 man roster.