Homer Bailey didn't have his full velocity in his last start and his control was a bit erratic, but he still kept his team within striking distance and Drew Stubbs came through for his roommate to give the good guys the win. We'll be expecting a better performance out of Bailey tonight. He faced the Marlins once last September and shut them out for 7 innings on just 3 hits. The Reds ended up losing that game 4-3 after Francisco Cordero blew a 3-run lead in the ninth by giving up 4 runs. It was Cordero's 5th straight day on the mound. Thankfully Cordero's only pitched in 3 straight games coming into tonight. He had a day off 4 days ago, otherwise he'd have pitched in 7 straight games. Come to think of it, maybe Dusty should let someone else close it out tonight.
They say that winning close games shows your team's grit, but I don't buy it. I mean, maybe it does show grit, but that doesn't mean your team is good. I'd like to see the Reds come in and blow the fish out of the water tonight. A nice 6-run win would be nice, especially if Bailey can go 8 innings and save the bullpen. Don't get me wrong, I'll take a win any way it comes, but good teams win blowouts and the Reds haven't won a game by more than 2 runs yet. Time to become a good team, not a scrappy one.