It’s now official:

The Reds made it official on Thursday that Saturday’s starter vs. the Indians will be Homer Bailey, who will be recalled again from Triple-A Louisville.

Based on the timing and his recent performances, it really couldn’t have been anyone else.

Not only was Bailey’s next turn for Louisville to be Saturday, he’s been its hottest starter. The 23-year-old is 4-0 with a 0.47 ERA in his last five starts, with three of them lasting at least eight innings.

Over his last 38 1/3 innings, Bailey has allowed just one run with seven walks and 38 strikeouts.

In 14 starts overall for Louisville, Bailey is 8-5 with a 2.71 ERA.

This is Bailey’s chance, and I know we’re all hoping that he grabs the brass ring. He has been nothing short of outstanding in AAA, but at some point, Homer is going to have to make that translate into performing in the majors.

If he can justify staying in the big leagues, he’ll have a month or so to prove himself, with Edinson Volquez’s return not imminent.

In a related story, has it become mandatory that the Reds call Bailey up every time they play Cleveland? Has Homer pitched against any other team in his previous stints with the Reds?

18 Responses

  1. RiverCity Redleg

    I guess they figure, if you can’t beat the Indians then you can’t beat anybody. It’s a good litmus test for Homer.

  2. Y-City Jim

    I don’t know that until now that I would say Homer has been outstanding at Louisville. Last year’s numbers weren’t very good and the year before was simply okay.

    I want to see him attack that strike zone with a vengeance on Saturday.

  3. Y-City Jim

    While I knew Homer was from Texas, I never knew he was from…

    Rumour sprendin’ a-’round in that Texas town
    ’bout that shack outside La Grange
    and you know what I’m talkin’ about.
    Just let me know if you wanna go
    to that home out on the range.
    They gotta lotta nice girls.

    Have mercy.

    A haw, haw, haw, haw, a haw.
    A haw, haw, haw.

    Well, I hear it’s fine if you got the time
    and the ten to get yourself in.
    A hmm, hmm.
    And I hear it’s tight most ev’ry night,
    but now I might be mistaken.
    hmm, hmm, hmm, hmm.

    Have mercy.

  4. preach

    The Indians are a great test. Their lineup can mash. It’s been their pitching that has thrown them under the bus.

  5. RiverCity Redleg

    Jim, I believe he was referring to his last four or five starts in Louisville when he said he’s been nothing short of outstanding.

    Which reminds me of the farmer who received a lifetime acheivement award, they said he was outstanding in his field. 😀

  6. RiverCity Redleg

    You gotta love some ZZ Top.

  7. Shawn

    Well, Bailey’s other start this year was against Cleveland, but other than that of his 18 previous career starts only one other was against the Indians, his major league debut on June 8, 2007.

    Three out of 19 is kind of a lot, I guess, but it is a small sample size.

  8. Matt WI

    Seriously? Can we put the “sample size” argument to bed on this one? It’s just a fun observation. What is unique is that each of Bailey’s starts against Cleveland have been directly from the minors. It’s even more memorable since his debut was against Cleveland. A lot of his other starts occured when he was in the rotation.

  9. brublejr

    I would say they are going to be able to evaluate how he does this time with the way he was last time with the Indians. Last start turned out horrible, but it is not like they hit him all that well, he just couldn’t throw a strike (very tight zone that day I might add). His last 5 starts he has been on the money as far as control, probably the best stretch of his pro career. I would say this is his last real chance to have a future with the Reds. If he stinks this time, I would imagine he will be part of a deal either this year or the offseason. I am really rooting for him, because he is still young and really has the talent, just gotta prove it.

    I would like to see him be really aggressive and go after people…It’s time to show your stuff Homer!

  10. pinson343

    With the starting rotation struggling as of late, Homer’s piching well is needed. This will be a big test for Homer. For one thing, Grady Sizemore is back.

  11. pinson343

    On another note, BP is 1-16 since aggravating his thumb at the end of the 10-8 loss to the White Sox. He won’t want to sit against the Indians.

    The fracture is presumably healing, but I wonder if his thumb is getting messed up in other ways.

  12. preach

    I’m not sure how much healing it really can be doing. I think nothing short of inactivity for it will heal it properly.

  13. justcorbly

    Bailey is only 23. Anyone hazard a guess about the average age of successful starters when they came up to stay?

  14. GRF

    Agree with Preach. Indians are hitting well, it is their pitching that has been an absolute and outstanding disaster.

    So nice not to have to say that about the Reds anymore…

    As a complete aside, I am going to be at the Sunday game. Anyone else going?

  15. AnnapolisRed

    I have not been a Homer fan, but the kid has definitely earned it this time (I did not feel that way before). He has been lights out and hopefully the splitter is the difference. It would be huge if he can come up and pitch well.