Over at Seeing Reds, Steve calls Homer Bailey the “most important Reds pitcher in 2010.”
Don’t be fooled by Homer’s mania-free zone, though. No other pitcher on the Reds staff is more likely to see their personal success track as close with the teams’ trajectory this year than Bailey.
Do you agree? We’ve already noticed how our baby’s all growns up (I love that, because I’m insane). It’s funny how everyone’s hopes and dreams have been pinned on Homer for so long…and now that he’s on the precipice of actually realizing his vast potential, he’s been a forgotten man in camp. With the three-headed monster of youthful pitching — Aroldis Chapman, Mike Leake, and Travis Wood — wowing everying this spring, Homer has been allowed to go about his business.
All of a sudden, it’s like everyone just expects Homer to be a stud this year, even though he has really proven very little at the major league level. I’m inclined to think he’s going to have a good year, but I hope people will still be patient with the young guy.