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Bail Out Bailey

Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 9.59.42 PMHomer Bailey is back on the mound.

Bailey started the season late after his recovery from September surgery to repair the flexor tendon in his right forearm.

We have officially seen two games from him this season, both interesting to say the least. But we have seen this before from him. All the Cincinnati Reds need is for him to stay healthy this season. Bailey started against the Cardinals Saturday April 18, 2015, which happened to be his first game back from his injury last season, showing numbers that included a 7.94 ERA, allowing 9 hits, 5 runs, and 1 home run as well as striking out zero players after 5.2 innings. Yes, you read that right he did not strike out a single player.

He would play five days later against the Milwaukee Brewers once again pitching 5.2 innings but striking out at least three players, allowing 7 Hits, 2 runs, and 2 home runs with a ERA of 5.56. Receiving his first lost of the season.Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 10.00.14 PM

Hopefully he is just getting warmed up and we will see better results from him in the future, because right now I am not too impressed. His speed and fastball velocity have gotten slower. While he still throws a mix which is good, he only throws one curveball, makes sense since it’s his worst pitch, but it was nice to see, even if it was terrible.

To be fair to Homer, I should also write about the positive on him as well. I should mention his season before his injury, which happened to be pretty impressive. In his final 14 starts, Bailey had a 2.77 ERA and 1.04 WHIP over 94.3 innings, looking a lot like the guy we had seen the previous two seasons with a slightly low ERA. Lets not forget when The Reds’ right-hander, threw a no-hitter on September 28, 2012 as well as on July 2, 2013. Hopefully he has some of that magic still left in him this season.Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 9.59.27 PM

I think he is one player to be worried about, with his pitches being flat, and the fact that his injury makes him a risk. It might be a little too early to start getting nervous, and there are quite a few other pitchers in the pen that are more risky. But he is someone that should be watched, and watched closely. Especially with the huge contract he recently signed which was for 6 years and $105 million with a $25 million mutual option for 2020. For some comparison, in his first 7 years in the big leagues he has made a total of just over $28 million dollars.

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