As you might imagine, Homer Bailey is the talk of the Reds blogosphere and the print media this morning. Bailey showed flashes last night of what we can expect from him, but he was also a little wild. Overall, it was a good first appearance, and there is much to look forward to with this kid.

I have some concerns about the way the Reds are going to treat him, as well. I was in favor of bringing Bailey to the majors, but that was predicated on the notion that the Reds would treat him cautiously, as they had at every level in the minors. Then Jerry Narron goes and lets him throw 114 pitches last night, and now I’m concerned. We’ll be monitoring that situation carefully (I’d hate to see Narron pull a Dusty Baker on this young arm, especially with nothing on the line in this otherwise lost season).

Anyway, here’s a roundup of all the Homer Bailey chatter….

— Jeff on Homer: Stat Sheet Stuffer.

— At the Church of Baseball, more proof that God is a baseball fan.

Red Hot Mama tells us what wearing Bailey’s number says about you. I just bought my son a jersey with his favorite player’s name and number on it (#3) for his birthday, for what it’s worth.

— The Reds Rocket says it was a nice win.

— This is from yesterday, but John Erardi had an outstanding profile of Homer in the Enquirer.

— CTR on Homer, Sweet Homer.

— Also in the Post, Josh Katzowitz on the game.

— Kyle Nagel says the Indians were impressed with Homer’s debut.

John Fay says the waiting ends and the winning begins.

— The Enquirer has a pretty good photo gallery from last night’s game.

— With every pitch, Bailey won ’em over, says Erardi.

— Mark Sheldon on the debut.

— Hal McCoy says Bailey showed his resolve.

What a night.

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9 Responses

  1. Phil Rizzuto Parmesan


    I’m also concerned about how Homer is used. They kept showing that graphic of the youngest Reds’ pitchers with Nolan and Gullett at the top and I kept screaming at the TV, “Yeah, and what happend to them?”.

    I understand wanting to leave him in long enough to get his first W. He’s young and 114 pitches once isn’t going to cause a lasting effect. But I’d be happier if they held his pitch count at 100 or below for the rest of the year. The next time he throws 114, that 114th pitch better be the last strike of the last out in the 9th, not the 5th – and it better be 2008.

    That said, the effective pitch count isn’t coming down until Homer stops falling behind so many batters and getting into so many deep counts. His K/9 needs to go up; his BB/9 needs to come down. It’s the one thing that might get him sent back to Louisville for fine tuning if it doesn’t improve. His next start is apparently Thursday against the Angels (God, I hate interleague play), so he may do better keeping the count down with that free-swinging bunch.

    But I have to give him props. Kid has a ton of poise. If I was in that situation at 21, I’d have piddled in my shoes.

  2. Tom

    Here is Bailey’s pitch counts for the season.

    Date Pitches
    4/8 83
    4/14 90
    4/20 87
    4/25 92
    5/1 96
    5/7 91
    5/12 107
    5/22 92
    5/28 101
    6/2 108
    6/9 114

    I feel like we are going to have to wait and see if Narron proves to be foolish or not, yeah, I know it’s a bad bet. I’m not concerned if Bailey goes a few pitches over 110 a couple or so times this season. I am concerned if 110+ becomes the norm. I really feel he stretched him just a bit to try to get the kid through five to qualify for the win his first time out. I’ll be surprised if they ride his arm hard going forward. But get used to 5 IP outings from him until he learns better command and to be more pitch efficient.

  3. Y-City Jim

    We will find out if Greg Maddux’s claim of Dick Pole being the “best pitching coach he ever had” rings true with Bailey.

  4. GodlyCynic

    I’m not too concerned yet. I think this was Pole/Narron deciding that Bailey going a few pitches over his season high was less important than giving the kid a chance to earn his first career win. I think the little extra bit of confidence that comes with winning your first career start in front of your family outweighs going 6 pitches over your season high from the week prior.

  5. scott

    Bailey reminded me of the first time I saw Mike Jackson pitch before he blew his knee out

  6. scott

    Dan Huffman was quoted as saying “this is one great looking kid.”

  7. scott

    Homer might become the next Eric Rakich. For those who don’t know Rakich we was maybe the best looking pitcher ever to come out of the grapefruit league. He was known for his great hair..

  8. john flint

    did anyone figure out when homer pitching next?
    if my caluations are correct it would thurs agst angels.



    hey scott, just a note to let you know how much we enjoy your posts.Fyi,Rakich injured his knee during the infamous Marc Gothard beanball war.