Homer Bailey held the L.A. Dodgers hitless and scoreless through three innings last night and reflected (Mark Sheldon) on his outing:
“I got through three innings, that was kind of important,” Bailey said. “I was trying to build up the endurance and stuff. I was working on a couple of breaking balls. Overall, it wasn’t too bad. I really didn’t go too deep in many counts. They were pretty aggressive out there.”
Bailey talked about his approach (John Fay) to pitch selection for the game.
“You’re trying to build up so you can get 100 pitches and get ready for the season,” he said. “We’re going to play these guys, so it’s not like we’re going to attack them like we would in the season. I tried to work on a few things, but I still tried to get ahead in the count.”
Mat Latos threw off of a mound (Sheldon) for the first time since his knee surgery.
“Everything feels fantastic,” Latos said. “I expected a little bit of soreness while I was throwing, or to feel it once or twice. I didn’t feel anything while I was throwing. My mechanics were a little off. The ball was up, but that’s to be expected. I’m almost three weeks late.”
Finally, the Reds’ Hall of Fame and Museum is hosting a day-long event on Saturday, March 15. It includes a three-hour afternoon session with fantasy baseball experts from Baseball Headquarters, with Ron Shandler headlining the event. If you take your fantasy baseball seriously and are anxiously awaiting the start of the Reds’ season, this looks like a great opportunity to spend time at Great American Ball Park, the Hall of Fame and Museum and interacting with smart people.
Steve grew up in Cincinnati as a die-hard fan of Sparky’s Big Red Machine. After 25 years living outside of Ohio, mostly in Ann Arbor, he returned to the Queen City in 2004. He has resumed a first-person love affair with the Cincinnati Reds and is a season ticket holder at Great American Ball Park. The only place to find Steve’s thoughts of more than 140 characters is Redleg Nation. Follow his tweets @spmancuso.