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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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Monday, March 10, 2008

Yankees 4, Reds 0

The Race for the Rotation just got a little more interesting.

Homer Bailey went 2 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on six hits, in the loss to the Yankees. He walked three, struck out three and hit a batter. He was opposite of pitch-efficient: He threw 59 pitches and didn't even get through the third.

Edinson Volquez started his night by striking out Alex Rodriguez, Jason Giambi and Hideki Matsui around a hit by Jorge Posada. Volquez went four innings, allowing two run on five hits. He walked none and struck out eight. He threw 54 pitches in four innings.

"Homer threw the ball good," Dusty Baker said. "He just got out of sync at the end. Volquez was throwing great. I like his attitude. He doesn't want to give up anything. He's not one of those six-innings, three-runs-or-less quality start guys. He gets upset when he gives up anything."

Bailey was good in the first. He gave up hits to Derek Jeter and and Rodriguez singled. But he got Giambi for the third out, thanks to a very nice by shortstop Paul Janish.

Bailey struck out Posada to start the second on what appeared to be a screwball. Bailey said it was a change. He ran up his pitch count from there -- walk to Matsui, strikeout, walk to Nick Green, walk to Damon, lineout by Jeter. 32 pitches in the inning.

New York starter Joba Chamberlain wasn't much more pitch efficient than Bailey. He was done after 2 1/3 and 49 pitches.

It got away from Bailey in the third. He walked Bobby Abreu to start the inning, then gave up an RBI double to ARod and a single to Giambi. He struck out Posado again. But Matsui singled in a second run. After Bailey hit Green, he was done. Gary Majewski got a double play to prevent further damage.


at 8:07 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bailey is looking pretty rough. Hits, walks. Giambi was safe on the Janish play as well. High WHIP for just a few innings. Even if he gets out of this jam, he's pitching in trouble too often for comfort. Eventually it will catch up to him. Walks will haunt!

at 8:30 PM Anonymous MONEY MIKE said...

Homer is starting to throw some beach balls to them now...not pretty. They were just commenting on how long his stride is, which makes it easy to steal on. Although I would like to have Bailey up in Cincy to start the season if he pitches like this im thinking a little more time in Louisville will serve him well.

at 8:32 PM Blogger Aaron said...

Majewski is warming up (yikes!), and I agree Bailey needs to work on much better control. He also talks to himself when he gets into trouble which leads me to believe he is struggling with command. I see him starting the yr in Louisville.

at 8:34 PM Blogger GeneParmesean said...

not a good outing... he does not have very good control.

at 8:40 PM Anonymous MONEY MIKE said...

"If this guy could hit he would be a big-leaguer for sure" FSN talking about Janish. Man does he field nicely. Krivdawg is talking now. I expect him to be brief...ha.

at 8:46 PM Blogger Dave from Louisville said...

I think he did OK, he wasn't pitching against Pittsburg. He lost a little steam, but that happens in spring training.

Janish is pretty freakin slick. No way Keppinger makes those plays.

at 9:01 PM Blogger Dave from Louisville said...

Crafty Lety is a jerk, Krivsky's talking about an accomplishment of signing Juan Duran and he interupts him to talk about Jocketty.

Let the guy have a freaking moment. IN KRIVSKY WE TRUST.

at 9:17 PM Blogger Aaron said...

Volquez struck out the side (AROD, Giambi, Mattsui)... he looks OUTSTANDING!

at 9:22 PM Anonymous Venting in Southern KY said...

My cable company switched from FSN Ohio to Fox Sports south so now I cant watch Reds games. I would sign up for the online TV from MLB.com but somehow I am supposed to be able to get off work at 6pm every evening and make a 3 1/2 hr drive in 65 minutes and get to GABP. What about away games?

I guess I'll have to start watching Cubs and Braves as well as the 3 times per week Yankees-Red Sox matchup on ESPN.

at 9:33 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's an idea, DirectTV or Dish Network. Sorry, but Dunn looks fatter than ever now. Even Jr. and Stanton look thinner than he does.

at 9:35 PM Blogger Dave from Louisville said...

Dude call and complain. Last year I wrote an email to Insight a couple times when the Reds were on HD talking about how awesome it was, and now they are going to have like 70 games this year in HD. Cable companies do not get much feedback, so they listen to the people they get.

at 9:47 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

just curious.. does Columbus get reds games on FSN?

at 9:59 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...


at 10:02 PM Anonymous Red Faced said...

OH Yeah, Bailey did not look good to me at all. He had a moment or two (both against Posada it appears) but he was leaving everything up in the zone. Matsui's second hit was a good breaking ball down in the zone so you have to give him credit for driving it but the ball Junior caught in right field to end the second was a high curveball that got smoked. Bailey has got to work on keeping his pitches low. Just too high of a pitch count and too many pitches up in the strike zone. I'm very disappointed. It doesn't appear to me that Bailey has made much progress from last year at this stage. Hopefully another 2 weeks will prove otherwise. Bailey is very lucky he didn't give up 5 runs or more to be honest.

at 10:05 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, if it's supposed to be on tonight it's not. At least not in this part of the Columbus market.

at 10:07 PM Anonymous Your Secret Admirer said...

Voltron looked good against a mix of Yankee regulars and turd's. 8 k's in 4in against any competition is good. His change up is really good. Most important stat...NO BB.

at 10:09 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Volquez looked excellent. 4 innings and 8 Ks! Defense let him down a bit and they got a few runs, but it appears this guy is clearly ahead of Bailey as well.

at 10:09 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would Volquez's first run surrendered be an earned run? It seems Bako's pitiful excuse of a throw played a part in that run crossing the plate.

at 10:11 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Volquez should be in the reds rotation from the beginning. He looked nasty tonight, 8ks through 4 innings. He made Arod look bad on strike 3.

at 10:11 PM Anonymous Mike21 said...

Bruce is fine, isn't he? Reds should use him a lot. Volquez is OK!

at 10:25 PM Blogger David Hartman said...

I see where Mickey Mantle got the night off in Texas.

at 10:38 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bailey needs work... After reading about his previous starts this spring and seeing him tonight and seeing Volquez tonight makes me think maybe Homer needs to come down to earth and start working on his control, maybe that means starting in AAA. With the way Cueto seems to be pitching and what I saw of Volquez put them two in the rotation with Harang, Arroyo, and either Fogg/Affeldt. Thats a rotation I would pay to see...

at 10:51 PM Blogger Dan H said...

Caught some of the game on MLBTV while at work tonite and from what I saw, Bailey has his work cut out for him to make the rotation. He did not have the best command,too many walks, and not enough quality pitches. Volquez looked much better tonite, nasty stuff, pretty good location. Volquez is definitely ahead of Bailey based on tonite's outings. Looks like the #3-#5 spots are coming down to Volquez,Cueto,Belisle,Fogg,or Affeldt. I'd prefer to have Affeldt in the bullpen however. Hopefully I see Cueto next week in Sarasota. I know I won't see the foot and a half of snow I now see in western New York.

at 12:28 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The more I see of Homer the more concerned I am about his inability to put batters away. Batters just keep fouling off his stuff until he leaves one up in the zone for them to hit. I saw this last year too. I thought he was a power pitcher but I guess he isn't.

at 12:51 AM Anonymous BigRedOne said...

Hey John,

On my scorecard so far this spring it looks like Cueto and Volquez are favorites for rotation spots. That leaves one spot open for Belisle, Fogg or Bailey. Who do you give the inside track for the final spot? Do you concur with my assessment so far?

at 8:21 AM Anonymous smtides said...

With 3 weeks to go in spring training (so this could obviously change), here is how MY pitching staff on April 1 would look:


1. Harang
2. Arroyo
3. Cueto
4. Belisle
5. Volquez


1. Cordero
2. Weathers
3. Burton
4. Affeldt
5. Mercker
6. Coffey
7. Bray (if healthy)

I would send Bailey back to Louisville to work on his change-up, send Stanton home to Texas, and try to get something for Fogg.

at 8:39 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's a good rotation call smtides.

Bailey needs to get more efficient or he'll never get past the 4th inning (either knocked out or pitch count)

That guy Volquez is what we've been missing round here for a long time. The new nasty boy. I've already forgotten Josh Johnny Narron Hamilton.

Ross needs to get back quick, so Bako can go back to his day job. (teaching Mayor Mallory how to throw straight).

at 10:09 AM Blogger Bruce said...

smtides where's Fogg on that list?

at 10:10 AM Anonymous smtides said...

At the very end, I said they should try to get something for Fogg, i.e, trade him.

at 11:13 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too bad we don't have Josh Hamilton to help score runs. He's tearing it up down in Texas.

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