One of our fearless readers forwarded the link to today’s edition of The Sporting News Today, which has this blurb on Micah Owings:

Micah Owings could surprise

The Reds righthander has been impressive since pitching coach Dick Pole tweaked his two-seamer and simplified his approach. “I didn’t have a good camp last year,” admitted Owings, who allowed two earned runs and struck out 14 in his first 11 2/3 innings this spring. “I think I worked on too much stuff at one time.” Manager Dusty Baker has not said if Owings is the favorite for the club’s fifth-starter spot. If Owings keeps pitching so well, that is likely to change.”

We’ve been saying all spring that the job is Owings’ to lose. I’m glad to see that he is earning it, rather than having someone back into that role as we’ve had in the past (Jimmy Anderson, Josh Fogg, etc.)

P.S.: I’m sorry for mentioning Anderson and Fogg.

8 Responses

  1. brublejr

    I figured that Owings would have to really suck it up to lose the 5th spot, but I am glad he is earning it. How long has it been since the Reds had this many good pitching options going into the season?

  2. Matt Steele

    blah, consider me still unimpressed, I’d like to see him earn it in during the regular season. Spring training stats never hold up really well in the regular season (as we all know I’m sure)

    It’s always good to be pitching well though so I do hope that he proves me wrong, but I don’t know, I just never have been a big fan of his, pitching wise that is.

  3. preach

    I think he’s going to be a great addition. I’m really excited to have him in the rotation and on the bench.

  4. KY Chip

    While I’m glad to see Owings doing well, it certainly complicates the picture for Masset and Bailey. With Masset having no more options, it could be that Homer is the odd man out, starting the year at AAA. If Homer truly has gotten it together this spring, what are the chances that such a move would set him back to his old ways?

  5. Bill Lack

    On the other hand, he got knocked around in a minor league game yeseterday against Tampa’s AAA team. 4 1/3 7 runs on 9 hits.

  6. per14

    The complications this causes for Bailey/Masset are there. But think about this: the Reds might actually have a legitimate pitcher in the 5 spot. The Reds haven’t had that for a long time and really, most other teams don’t have it either.

  7. GregD

    legitimate #5…there were years without a legitimate #1, #2, #3, #4…

    The Reds have their first four starters from opening day last year returning on opening day this year. When’s the last time THAT happened?

  8. Matt WI

    I’m with the same sentiment as Greg and others… we’re talking about a fifth starter, not an all-star. And I’m glad to see someone giving some promise as the season starts. And, I celebrate that the Reds are off the crazy ride that was Matt Belisle. Continued good luck and good dueling to Bailey and Owings. I’m a lot more worried about our bats than who wins the 5th spot.