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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Reds 5, A's 2 postscript

One of things I like about Homer Bailey is he's a bit of smart ass with the writers.

Someone asked him if he's getting used to the big leagues after three starts.

"Yeah, I guess so," he said. "Bases are still white. We still uses wooden bats up here just like we did down there. Jerseys and cleats. Yeah, there's a lot more fans and bigger stadiums. That actually doesn't play a part when you're there playing."

We'll we try to attach significance to every start, he's an "I just pitch" sort of guy.

And he looks like he can pitch. He allowed only two hits. His fastball is good enough that when he's locating it, he can get by throwing it on nearly every pitch. The RBI double was on a change-up, by the way. He was still throwing 96 consistently in the sixth.

Jeff Brantley was very impressed with Tuesday's outing.

"That's pitching, boys," he said. "That's competing."

Bailey wanted to go out for the eighth.

“I wasn't really tired or anything,” Bailey said. “A starting pitcher never wants to come out of a game. I would have liked to (pitch the eighth). But the bullpen came in and did their job. It doesn't matter.”

The A's patience didn't pay because Bailey was getting ahead so quickly.

“I knew they were going to be patient,” he said. “I kept to my game plan and tried to get Strike 1. Once you get one or two strikes on them, they've got to swing the bat.”

He's 2-0 with a 4.00 ERA against three teams with winning percentages of that are combined 46 games over .500. Not a bad start to a career.


at 9:06 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Patience" at the plate? What's that all about?

I think Ross was up the other night, bases loaded, 3-1 count. If he takes the next pitch it's either a walk or 3-2 and the runners will be moving on the next pitch. Instead he swings, grounds out. Who coaches these guys?

at 10:27 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bailey pitched great. Probably should have been brought up sooner -- but at least the Reds brought him up when they did.

Glad to see Dunn in the 4th hole & that Narron did not put the light hitting Conine in that place or Phillips. Phillips is a good 2 person in the lineup. Even when Dunn does not hit (2ks last night) he provides protection for Griffey. He is the only one in the lineup that does. Hamilton should bat 5th based upon potential. Conine is not a 5 hitter -- 3, 4, and 5s should be power hitters -- on the Reds, that should be Griffey, Dunn, and Hamilton.

I hope the Reds keep Dunn. He is part of the solution -- not the problem.

at 11:02 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Throughout the radio broadcast of Homer's last outing against Cleveland, Brantley repeatedly complained that Bailey was trying to use too many pitches instead of establishing his fastball. The result was too many pitches, too many balls and deep counts where the hitters got to see lots of pitches.

It looks like someone sat down and had a good talk with Bailey. It also sounds like Valentin did a better job of keeping Bailey under control. Whatever happened, it worked.

Why start off the game throwing 6 or 7 off speed pitches an inning when you are young and strong and can throw 96 mph fastballs? Location and control are the keys to using the fastball effectively, and Homer clearly has them.

Your comments about his attitude indicate just the kind of mentality a dominant starting pitcher needs to have. Finally, a little good news.

at 11:13 AM Anonymous Justin Fernandez said...

Bailey was very impressive. Consistent outings like this mean the Reds have one less problem to fix. Thank you Homer! The Reds looked like an utterly different team last night, of course that's been the trend, twice a week or so...

at 11:34 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Offensively, the Reds problems are in no exact order:

1. Strikeouts
2. Poor situational hitting
3. All or nothing philosophy

And you feel Dunn is part of the solution? That's not even mentioning his glove.

Homer Bailey, my friend, is part of the solution.

at 2:12 PM Blogger Dan H said...

Homer was focused and in control last nite. Awesome start and the future looks brighter finally!

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