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Monday, July 16, 2007

Krivsky on Bailey

Homer Bailey will make at least more start at Triple-A. It could be more. Bailey got hit around in his last outing.

“He struggled -- 90 pitches in 3 1/3, by anyone’s measurements, is not what we're looking for," Wayne Krivsky said. “I'm sure it’s not what he was looking for. He struggled with command I’m sure.”

Is there any concern about Bailey's velocity?

“No,” Krivsky said. “I will say in general terms a lot of times people put high radar gun readings in the paper – I’m not singling anyone out here – but in general a pitcher might touch 97. And they say he throws 97. It might be one pitch a game. He pitches more – we call it a comfort zone, where he pitches for the most part – it might be 91 to 94, where he touches 97 or 96.

“Those numbers can be inflated. Even though he touches it for one pitch, it’s not like he pitching that range the whole game.”

Bailey was in the 91 to 93 range in the Louisville outing and touched 94. But he walked five and got the ball up.

“Velocity is overrated," Krivsky said. "Look at Tom Glavine the other day.”

Glavine's fastball was hitting 85 -- tops -- when he two-hit the Reds for eight innings. But command was not a question with Glavine.


6 Comments:

at 6:04 PM Anonymous jc said...

perhaps...just perhaps he wondered what in the heck he was doing in louisville when he pitched so well in his previous start. when glavine, smoltz, maddux were starting out they did not get jerked up and down like a puppet after a stop at starbucks for a triple espresso.
this guy is really starting to bug me. patience... and the ability to work with your major league pitching coach... if you are going to take the long view. he is inconsistent.... no kidding there sherlock. i hope living ston pitches well.... but if he does as well as he did the last time..... two hits and a win in colorado.... i guess we wont see his backside again for six weeks.

 
at 6:10 PM Anonymous Justin Fernandez said...

Krivsky is annoying. Maybe a GM whose team has the near-worst record in all of major league baseball needs to be sent to the minor leagues of general managing for awhile.

Actually, no maybe about it!

 
at 6:25 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Should we be concerned for Homer? Is it possible he has some health issues? He is afterall a Reds pitcher. I was very surprised they didn't let him rest over the break. I thought that may have been the best thing for him. But what do I know, I'm no Krivsky.

 
at 6:38 PM Blogger John Fay said...

I looked at his innings, he's a little ahead of last year's pace when he threw 138. He's at 90 right now. But I'm with you, anon, I wouldn't have let him pick up a ball for a week or so around the break.

 
at 6:41 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fay, is it just me or should you have asked Mr. Krivsky a slightly different question?

Say about having concerns about Homer's velocity with regards to a possible injury?

I mean not to be overly critical of your job (you do a fine job IMO), but it sounded to me like the question you asked and his response begged for a follow up in this above stated realm.

In other words it didn't sound like he got the message or perhaps you didn't follow up with that because you were not thinking along those lines?

Just wondering if it is considered taboo in your line of work to not ask that question of Krivsky again anytime soon now that you have sorta asked it?

W.J.

 
at 7:11 PM Blogger John Fay said...

I didn't follow up with question about his health because Krivsky's answer about velocity. And if they had any concerns at about his health, Bailey would not be pitching.

 
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