Homer Bailey will take the mound at Busch Stadium this afternoon (2:15 p.m. start). Bailey underwent season-ending surgery last September for a flexor mass strain. His recovery has remained on schedule and the tall Texan has been pain-free during his rehab starts.

With one exception (cough, cough, former Cardinal), the Reds starting pitcher has been outstanding. While it’s unrealistic to expect Bailey to be at peak-Homer form today, the Reds sure could use a quality start to help get out of the current skid that has seen them lose five of the last six games.

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23 Responses

  1. RedInInd

    Welcome back, Homer. Hope you can inject something positive into this team that has made the last week already feel like a long season.

    • Reds are Joke

      Yeah…..Welcome back Homer and prepare yourself for ANOTHER L to the greatest sports franchise in sports. Homer will be apart of the 14th consecutive series defeat to the Cards. Talk about being owned!! Yet foolish Reds fans think the Reds are on the same level as the Cardinals.

  2. Kurt Frost

    He labored some in Louisville last week but I have faith. Go Reds!

  3. ohiojimw

    I agree a minimal quality start is probably a fair expectation. We can all hope Homer pulls something more out of his hat while we cross our fingers his effort won’t be something less.

    • Vicferrari

      Almost had the Quality Start had Carpenter not gotten to him, a very unimpressive start. And despite a promising 2012 season I am losing faith he will not be anything more than a mediocre pitcher who threw 2 no-hitters

      • Gaffer

        That is unfortunately my thought as well. Talk about signing your contract at your peak! For all the talk of how bad Marquis has been, so far Bailey is no better. Cueto was not better yesterday either. The big problem is the pitching needs to be near perfect.

      • Vicferrari

        You would like to think they were getting him on the way up, no the peak. Regressed a bit last year and he just above mediocre the year before. I always have rooted for him especially when he look like he had bust by summer of 2009. He end up turning it around that September and took a bit more than a season to show he was a big leaguer-now maybe he slowly develops to All-star caliber as he gets healthy, but like I said I am losing faith

  4. jessecuster44

    I remember a start he made in July of 2012 on Sunday Night Baseball. Dusty left him in with two outs and two men on in the 7th, and Homer got out of the jam. I thought that he finally had it figured out. I’m not so sure now. Regression is showing.

    • Vicferrari

      Exactly how I feel, had the no-hitter, excellent playoff game started off great 2013 then got rocked against Clev at the end of May and was up and down for the rest of the season. Could have really stepped it up against the Pirates the last 2 games and blew it against Pirates. Thought so much of him they started an injured recovered Cueto for the wild=card game, there is no way they should have signed him for Ace level money if they did not even consider starting him for the play in game

      • Steve Mancuso

        Bailey had pitched the previous Friday. Wild Card game was on Monday. Bailey shut out the Cardinals in back-to-back games at the end of that year (14.1 innings). Then outpitched Kershaw the next game. Bailey was a top-20 pitcher in 2013. He was last year, too, when he was healthy. His last seven starts his ERA was 1.62 and pitched a 3-hit shutout over the Giants, who ended up being a pretty good team.

        And they didn’t pay him ace-level money.

      • jessecuster44

        This is what people don’t get – his contract is big, but it’s not ace-level.

      • Michael E

        Yeah, if they think Bailey is getting ACE-level money, I wonder what they call Cueto’s future deal, Lester’s deal, Scherzer’s deal? Immortal god contract level?

    • Steve Schoenbaechler

      Besides one good season and one decent season, Homer has been a DL/option waiting to happen. Leake has had similar numbers since Leake has been with the squad. And, Leake has been injury free, can hit better than Homer, can pinch hit, pinch run, and probably even play emergency SS if needed. When Walk signed Homer to that contract, that only made Leake worth go even higher, where now we will be lucky to hold onto either Cueto or Leake now.

      That Homer contract was just a stupid contract. I would have let him try the market to see if he can get that kind of money, since we couldn’t trade him. If someone would, fine. We have money freed up, then. If not, then hopefully his financial figure would come back down to Earth a bit.

      So, that make Homer our #1 pitcher starting next season, with essentially only young studs afterwards. I don’t know about you, but I’m not feeling so confident about next season, with a struggling offense and then essentially no starting pitching next season. I’m praying our minor league instructors can do the job this season, what they should have been doing last season.

  5. Tom Reed

    Homer’s coming off of surgery, so let’s be a little more patient.

    • Vicferrari

      Seems like Reds fans are always being patient, he would be fine if the upper mgmt were not whining how they do not have any money to pay mid-level talent

      • jessecuster44

        Tired of being patient. This team needs to put up or shut up.

  6. Michael E

    This was Bailey’s first MLB start since surgery to repair forearm injury. If anyone expected him to be lights out, they’re beyond help mentally. He should be fine.

    Also, Lets remember, Bailey is NOT an early season pitcher. For whatever reason (loves the heat of his native Texas?) Bailey rarely pitches well in April and May, but after that, he gets it going. He’ll be pitching like an ace, but it will take a few starts of mediocrity along the way to get there. Some of that would have came in the spring, but he had no such luxury.

    • Michael E

      …and I realize not pitching well for a month or two is a negative. I would hope he’d figure out how to pitch better in cooler/wet weather by now. Maybe he would have it not having injury interrupting 2014 and 2015.