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Cincinnati Reds
@ Cleveland Indians

Saturday, May 21, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT
Progressive Field

Homer Bailey vs Josh Tomlin

MLB Media Center

Gameday

Mostly sunny. Winds blowing from left to right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 70.

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All of a sudden, it's a 3-game losing streak. The baby, who has recently been admitted into a program for gifted children, has fallen in with the wrong crowd, begun smoking Pall Malls and runs the risk of winding right back under that basket he/she thought he/she had left behind the Lady Footlocker in Houston. These last two losses could easily have broken the Reds' way - though it is a little discomfiting how much the team's recent scoring has relied on their opponents' mistakes in the field. It put things nicely into perspective for me, however, to catch a few innings of the Red Sox and Cubs last night.

In these uncertain times, it's both comforting and instructive to look back in history. Based on the May 21stes that have gone before, there's really only two ways this game - and remaining season - can go:

May 21, 1952: The Dodgers score 15 runs in the first inning of a game against the Reds in which a record19 consecutive batters reach first base (10 hits, 7 walks and 2 HBP). Pee Wee Reese reaches base safely three times in the inning.

May 21, 1975: The Reds, sitting with a 20-20 record and five games back of the Dodgers, come from behind to beat Tom Seaver and the Mets, 11 - 4. They then win 41 of 50 games en route to a National League West title.

An unprecedented, humiliating defeat leading leading to a 6th place finish in the NL. Or a winning bonanza paving the way for a World Series title and a place in the Pantheon of baseball. The choice is yours. Or, rather, not yours at all but theirs.

Homer Bailey looked mortal again in his last outing. But you still have to like the way he's pitching, especially his confidence to attack hitters. He's only walked 4 in 19 innings so far. Let's hope that arrow tattoo creates no confusion about his allegiances.

I didn't realize Mike Timlin was still pitching. Go Reds!


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Homer Bailey 3-0 3 3 0 0 0 0 19.0 15 5 4 1 4 16 1.89 1.00


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Josh Tomlin 5-1 8 8 0 0 0 0 52.2 36 16 15 8 9 27 2.56 .85