How's about them young sluggers? The three top non-Mesoraco call-ups, who also all happen to be in that LF-3B cone of uncertainty, homered last night, chipping in 8 of 11 RBIs. This is the fun part of September call-ups. And even if you're not a big supporter of one of more of that trio, a nice 2011 MLB line by Yonder, Tood or Juan is only good for the Reds. Unless, of course, it means they start all next year, are exposed and play terribly. Try not to think about that.
Not that it matters, but it really seems impossible to get within less than 13 games (or more than 14) of the Brewers at this point. The Reds won 6 of 7 at the end of August and gained 0.5 games. They lost four straight and stayed level at 13.5. Same story last night.
Homer Bailey is coming off one of his best starts of the season. He went 8 full innings with 9 Ks last time against the Phillies, though he did make one tiny mistake in the form of a two-run homer. It was nice to see him hang tough and keep the Reds in the game against Hamels. After that outing, I think I've now fully walked back from the "Closer" ledge since his disastrous start against the Mets on July 28. Baileys' SO:BB rate, ERA and WHIP have improved every season since 2009 (the first in which he tossed more than 45 innings in the majors). But the fact remains, the Reds are still sitting on a bunch of 4/5 starters and not much between them and Johnny Cueto. Homer Bailey, along with Mike Leake, might be the best bets to rise up and slot into that #2 and #3 role. It just may require a little bit of a grading curve.
Lineup after the jump.
|2011 - Homer Bailey||7-6||18||17||0||0||0||0||103.1||103||52||50||14||25||76||4.35||1.24|
|2011 - Jaime Garcia||10-7||27||27||2||2||0||0||164.0||177||86||68||13||46||132||3.73||1.36|