Hopefully, a step in Homer Bailey’s maturity doesn’t involve a trip to the operating table. Before Sunday’s start against the Indians, John Fay provided us with the following quote from Dusty Baker, emphasis added:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Hopefully Ã¢â‚¬â€œ how should I say this? Ã¢â‚¬â€œ itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the maturity of Homer,Ã¢â‚¬Â Dusty Baker said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve left him in certain games, certain situations to help him to get to this point. Maturity is really important to this game. I hope he can handle it and pitch accordingly.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I call it kind of like the making of an ace. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s what I told him.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a big game for us. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not do or die. It sure can take us a long ways and take his confidence over the top.Ã¢â‚¬Â
I’m not sure if Baker is referring to six straight starts of 114+ pitches after the Reds were out it last fall, his 2nd start of the 2010 season, or his 121-pitch start against St. Louis on May 1st. I call it kind of like a surgery waiting to happen.
Whichever situations Baker is referring to, I also hope that Bailey can handle it and that he receives the news he is looking for from the doctor today.