Homer Bailey takes his show on the road tonight, as the Oakland A’s get a look at the Reds’ pitching phenom:

Having dropped the opening game of their road trip to the A’s, the Reds turn to Homer Bailey to even things up.

Bailey will start against Oakland’s Chad Gaudin. The last-place Reds, at a season-high 17 games below .500 and 12 1/2 games out of first place, need a stopper after losing five of their last six games.

Ugh.

Let’s hope for some good baseball tonight. Discuss it here.

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35 Responses

  1. Mike

    I know the game isn’t even close to starting yet, but I wanted to out which Reds will be traded. I know Griffey and Dunn are possibly on the move, but could Conine and Hatteberg be on the block as well?

  2. Chad

    Conine and Hatteberg better be on the block. Anything you can get for those guys would be gravy. Neither will be a contributor on the next good Reds team, so Krivsky should try to deal them when their value is highest.

  3. Randy

    I agree, Chad. Either of those guys could be nice role players on a championship team. Surely someone will be interested.

  4. RagTag

    Lineups, first for the visiting Redlegs:

    Hatteberg DH
    Phillips 2B
    Griffey RF
    Dunn LF
    Conine 1B
    Encarnacion 3B
    Hamilton CF
    Gonzalez SS
    Valentin C

    Homer Bailey on the mound.

  5. RagTag

    For the homestanding Athletics:

    Buck LF
    Kotsay CF
    Swisher RF
    Chavez 3B
    Cust DH
    Ellis 2B
    Johnson 1B
    Crosby SS
    Suzuki C

  6. Chad

    To Narron’s credit…I like this Reds lineup as much as I’ve liked any lineup all year. Not bad.

  7. Mike

    I like the lineup too. Not having a pitcher come to the plate kind of helps 🙂

  8. ChicagoRedsFan

    I like the lineup a lot too. Getting Hatte and Conine in together coupled with Valentin is nice.

  9. Matt B.

    And that’s exactly why I want Adam Dunn traded. He’s not a heady player. Why stop when your coach is telling you to go? It’s not like Dunn knew where the ball was. 🙄

  10. Matt B.

    Oh well, Gonzalez with the two-run single. Reds 2-0. I guess I can’t complain.

  11. RagTag

    I like this Homer kid, but I’ve never heard of him before. Where did he come from? Is he a new player?

  12. RagTag

    A’s announcers are talking about the Big Red Machine, using a reverent tone. Nice.

  13. Matt B.

    First, I’m not saying trade him for crap. Get equal or close to equal value or keep him. Please don’t put words in my mouth or tell me how I’m supposed to feel or try to make me look like a moron. I never said hitting a homerun or stealing a base makes someone a bad player. Dunn made a stupid mistake, and that’s not being a heads-up player. And don’t you dare try to color me as any less of a fan than you are because I want a player traded.

    Second, Adam Dunn does not use his head sometimes. He has numerous defensive lapses that could be solved by simply thinking. And stopping when your coach is waving you home is again, not using your head. If he had ended up not scoring that inning, I would’ve had every right in the world to complain about that bonehead play. My comment about not complaining was made after the fact. Don’t rant at me for simply wanting the team to score runs.

  14. Matt B.

    Mark Ellis breaks up the no-hitter (wouldn’t that be great?), but Homer still has a one-hitter through five.

  15. The Mad Hatter

    I think the definition of heady should be someone who when stumbling around third stops rather than risking an out at home with 1 out. That would be a cardinal rule of baseball just like not making the first or last out at third. I’m not saying I can read Dunn’s mind but his baserunning mistakes are few and far between

  16. Matt B.

    It didn’t really look like he stumbled to me. It looked like he came around the back, stopped, caught himself to get his balance, and went back to the bag.

  17. Eric

    Thom is going on about Homer throwing too many changeups right now. A fair point.

    But he’s trying to blame Homer for it.

    He’s a rookie for pete’s sake. Valentin is calling the game. I doubt very much Homer has a lot of choice in what he’s throwing tonight.

  18. Justin

    Homer is pitching brilliantly through 7. 94 pitches 3Ks

  19. Matt B.

    And it looks like he’s done for the night.

  20. Shawn

    Dunn did stumble going around the bag. You could just see it in the quick shot, but the replay didn’t show the same thing. He stumbled, slowed, stumbled again, then retreated to the bag.

  21. Justin

    The Louisville at Buffalo game was postponed. Double header on Thrusday. I get to go to the pair od 7 inning games.

  22. Matt B.

    My mistake then. I didn’t see that.

  23. Justin

    Javaman is in and gives up a Dinger……5-2. Weathers will have to pitch tonite.

  24. Justin

    Courtlangus is in relieving Javaman.

  25. Justin

    In comes Weathers for Courtlangus to face Swisher.

  26. Justin

    Nice pitch by Weathers. inning and threat over.

  27. Justin

    Bubba is down on strikes and This one belongs to the Reds!!!!
    Bailey W [2-0] and Weathers gets his 14th save.

  28. Matt B.

    Bobby Crosby, actually. I only wish it was Bubba.

  29. Phil Rizzuto Parmesan

    Homer needs to get the walks down. In three appearances he’s walked 11 while racking up only 7 Ks. His K/9 is 5.5. That’s going to bite him if he keeps it up.

  30. Dave H

    Homer still hasn’t faced a National League team.