The Cincinnati Enquirer actually suggests this morning that “pitcher” Josh Fogg and his 13.09 ERA may be at the end of his rope in Cincinnati. Dare to dream:
Fogg’s spot in the rotation might be in jeopardy.
Asked if the Reds might have to go to the minors to get help, Reds manager Dusty Baker said: “We might. That’s tough.”
The Reds have three young starters pitching well in the minor leagues. Homer Bailey is 2-1 with a 1.42 ERA in three starts for Triple-A Louisville. Matt Belisle is 3-0 with a 1.09 ERA in three minor-league rehab starts. Daryl Thompson is 2-0 with an 0.51 ERA at Double-A.
Thompson is pitching brilliantly in AA, but he’s not a legitimate option for the major league rotation yet. Matt Belisle is probably the first in line for a callup, and Redleg Nation is fine with that. Pretty soon, however, Homer Bailey is going to force the Reds’ hand if he keeps pitching well at Louisville.
It’s nice to have options in situations like this; that hasn’t always been the case here in Cincinnati. Of course, we’ve always maintained that signing Fogg and handing him a rotation spot was not a great idea in the first place, since there are/were better options available.
For what it’s worth, Dusty Baker sounds like he’s fed up with Fogg:
Fogg’s line: two-plus innings, seven hits, nine earned runs, two walks and three strikeouts. He’s gone 10 innings and allowed 17 runs in his three starts for the Reds. That punches up to a 13.09 ERA.
He left the bullpen with six innings to cover on the second day of a stretch of 16 games in 16 days.
“He usually doesn’t go that short,” Baker said. “But he doesn’t go deep into games either.”