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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Bailey on Bailey

Homer Bailey says he’s taken a what-me-worry outlook about the rotation.

“The only thing I can control is what I do out there,” Bailey said. “I worry about what I do out there. Anything else, whatever decisions are made, aren't my decisions. I can’t control them.”

Bailey had a good start Thursday night. He went four innings, allowing a run on three hits in the Reds' 4-0 loss to the Minnesota Twins.

Bailey says he’s working with pitching coach Dick Pole to get where he needs to be.

“I’ve cleaned up my mechanics," Bailey said. "Dick and I have been on the same page as far as things to work on. He’s giving me a lot of feedback. We’ve been working real well together.”

While Bailey says he’s not worrying about the competition, he knows where he stands and knows he could end up in Triple-A.

“I’d go Louisville and do whatever it takes to get back,” he said. “But I see how well Johnny (Cueto) and (Edinson) Volquez have been throwing. They’ve shown what they can do. They’ve shown they can get people out at this level. I’m very happy for those guys.”


at 10:08 PM Blogger Y-City Jim said...

How many pitches did Homer throw in his four innings?

at 10:44 PM Blogger Dan H said...

I have no doubt Bailey will turn out just fine in the future,patience & more AAA experience is the key. Burton did not have a good line tonite. Casting doubt if he makes the roster. John, did he look as bad as his line in the box score?

at 10:45 PM OpenID dbobud8 said...

Any observations on Capellan? Haven't heard much about him. Any shot he stays with the club?

at 11:01 PM Blogger REddlegg in Colorado said...

Sounds like a dose of a reality.I like the straight shooter talk.Tell it how it is, Homer.

Reminds me of a charming handsome young lad that lives in CO & roots for the reds (& Bengals)24/7.

Nothing wrong will telling the truth, "Truth may be offensive,but it's not a sin".

at 11:04 PM Blogger redaholic said...

no team in baseball has 3 young arms like cueto, volquez, and bailey. thats a fact. add harang and arroyo, and YES I DO believe we will win the central. harang 230 ip arroyo 200 ip cueto 160 ip volquez 150 ip bailey 130 ip fogg 100 ip

at 11:24 PM Blogger HoosierVirg said...

John, I have a question, McBeth was optioned to Louisville, Bruce was reassigned to the minor league camp, what's the difference if any? Any effect on their three year option time?

at 11:53 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Didn't get a pitch count on Bailey. They don't keep it all spring games.

I have nor Capellan throw. I see no way he makes it. They could work out a trade for him if they like him.

Re-assigned to the minor league camp is term used for non-roster invitees. They don't have to be optioned.

at 11:53 PM Blogger KevinFtMyers said...

This is a copy of comments i made on 25 man thread, a little more on topic here:

Listening to XM MLB home plate today and John Curillo? I think is his name? From Baseball America was on, while he said Cueto was way ahead of Bailey right now, the feeling @ Base. Amer. was still that Bailey has a better long term outlook. Said Bailey's stuff is better, and that his problem is likely with mechanics more than attitude. He mentioned "over throwing". He personally met Bailey and scouted him for baseball america, so I listened.

Anyway, made me feel a little better about Homer.
Im not one who beleives Bailey should be traded, but I am getting a little impatient.

I think we should just still keep 2009 in the back of our minds, Cueto and Volquez are a nice suprise, and making fans think about 2008, but 2009 is more realistic. (I still hope we give the Cubbies hell this year.)

Votto starting all year, Bruce platooning, hopefully Cueto and Volquez with a pretty good season under their belt, maybe a real catcher, and with any luck, Bailey rounding out the rotation.

Yep 2009.

at 7:23 AM Blogger Mr. Doom and Gloom said...

Anyone else worried about Burton's spring? Good lord those numbers are awful.

Any chance he starts in L'ville, Mercker takes his spot, and they go with 3 lefties in the pen?

at 7:54 AM Blogger Kyblu said...

Do you think the Reds need a catcher like Mike Difelice?

MISCELLANY: Jackson was extremely sharp in his first five innings, retiring his first 11 (five by strikeout) and keeping the ball down in a 3-1 win over the Phillies. … Troy Percival had his third 1-2-3 inning in four outings. … With an RBI single, nonroster C Mike Difelice is hitting .429. … LHP Trever Miller and RHPs Gary Glover and Dan Wheeler threw at the minor-league complex.

at 8:04 AM Blogger JackBlueAsh said...

Interestingly we heard the same things from Bailey last year right before he got sent down to the minors with his "groin injury"

...and during the time he was in the minors

hello Groundhog Day

at 8:17 AM Blogger Mike said...

John, anything to Volquez pitching from the pen on one day's shorter rest and throwing only two innings? This is the time when starters should be stretching out, not throwing only two innings. They aren't considering bumping him to the pen over Bailey/Belisle after the spring he's had are they?

at 8:57 AM Blogger Jon said...

"God save our young arms."

at 9:10 AM Blogger Champ Summers said...

Great to see everyone playing so nice these days.

It was good to see Bailey have a good outing. I'd cut him now on a high note but maybe they're going to get him one more look.

Hopefully he will look at his time with the Bats constructively. Because most teams start 8 to 15 pitchers each season we will seem him sooner rather than later.

at 9:51 AM Blogger redsfanwoody said...

Sounds like maybe seeing Volquez/Cueto might have given Homer an idea on that maybe potential alone is not enough to get you the starting gig. Also he sounds like he's a coachable guy. If that's a new approach or not I'm not sure.

at 10:31 AM Blogger bearcat1984 said...

with Burton like he is, maybe the feeling is somebody has got to move to the pen.

It seems like underusage, but maybe Volquez could fill that gap, while Bailey takes the 5th spot in the rotation.

harang, arroyo, cueto, fogg, bailey

capellan? or coffey or ???

I personally think we should stick with the plan to send Bailey to Louisville, and keep with Burton. His performances last year should still outweigh a bad spring.

For now.

at 10:48 AM Blogger Red Faced said...

Mornin boys (and girls), Hey John. Was Volquez's two innings of work on short rest just to line him up for a particular rotation spot you think? Or should we read more into it?

I did not get to listen to the game yesterday as work took me out of the office for a change. Been trying to find out how Bailey pitched and his overall numbers don't look bad but I'm more interested in pitch count and how his command was. I did notice he had two walks in the first inning which doesn't sound promising. Can anyone give me a little more detailed feedback on how Homer pitched yesterday?

Thanks gang.

at 12:23 PM Blogger NJREDS29 said...

Does anyone know what the reasoning behind sending Roenicke to AAA. The guy was lights out this spring. He throws hard and strikes people out. That is what you need from a guy in the bullpen late in the game when we are holding a one run lead and with second and third and only one out. You need that guy to get the punch out and keep the runners stranded. We haven't really had that since 1990 with the nasty boys.

at 12:37 PM Blogger MarkinMusicity said...

I keep telling myself that the pitching is why we traded Josh Hamilton (flashing image of Frank Robinson) I can't recall WHEN we had so much pitching talent at this time of year.. that is the MOST encouraging thing... now if we could develop this catcher we drafted last year... I feel good about this team....

at 1:00 PM Blogger reaganspad said...

NJRED, Roenicke gets a chance to develop in the minors. Todd Coffey had the same spring and has years of service in the bigs, including a great 2006.

So with even performance, you go with experience and continue to build the youngins

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