I've been overloaded with book work today, so I don't have much to say about this game. We should be going to the printers any minute now and then I'll be drowning myself in beer while I watch the game.
The question we've all been wondering starts to get answered tonight: Is Homer Bailey for real? After posting a 7.53 ERA in his first 11 starts in 2009, he finished the season with a 9-start stretch where he went 6-1 with a 1.70 ERA. Surely we can't expect similar results for this season. Or can we? I know one thing is for sure, it's exciting to think of Bailey as potentially a dominant pitcher again.
The same won't be said about Carlos Silva. After signing a monster contract (4yr/$48M) to go to Seattle before the 2008 season, Silva has been terribly terrible (5-18, 6.18 ERA in 36 games). The Cubs were so desperate to get rid of Milton Bradley that they traded for Silva prior to this season. He had a pretty good spring, so I'm sure there are many that are optimistic that he can get back to his merely crappy days that he had in Minnesota. I'm not a believer, though I won't be surprised if the Reds make it look possible tonight.