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Game 44: Reds vs. Braves (7:10 EDT). Bailey vs. Delgado.

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Atlanta Braves
@ Cincinnati Reds

Thursday, May 24, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT
Great American Ball Park

Randall Delgado vs Homer Bailey



TV: FSO-HD, SS-HD; RADIO: WLW, CNN; WEB:, Gameday Audio, Gameday


Partly cloudy. Winds blowing from right to left field at 10-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 80.

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After the game-winning brap that Todd Frazier clarked last night, the Reds are looking looser than they have in a long time. But since at least the middle of 2011, if not my entire life, I haven't been able to tell an empty cliche from a legitimate turning point.

The Reds' run differential says they should have lost a couple more games, but their strength of schedule is among the toughest in the NL. Personally, I think the eyeball test is as good as any to judge whether a team is overachieving. Homer Bailey, for one, looks to be right where I'd expect.

Bailey and Delgado matched up 10 days a go. Homer got the better end of the deal, though they both pitched 6.2 innings and had very similar lines. One notable nugget: that game was Jay Bruce's last multi-hit affair. He had two hits off Delgado, including a double (he's had just two hits since). Any port in a storm.

Homer es delgado, but Delgado is no Homer. Go Reds!

Homer Bailey
Stats Randall Delgado
4.34 (90)
ERA (ERA+) 4.26 (88)
WHIP 1.398
K/BB 1.61
FIP 4.15
xFIP 4.17
SIERA 4.35
IP 44.1



Zack Cozart (R) SS
Drew Stubbs (R) CF
Joey Votto (L) 1B
Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
Jay Bruce (L) RF
Chris Heisey (R) LF
Todd Frazier (R) 3B
Devin Mesoraco (R) C
Homer Bailey (R) P

Michael Bourn (L) CF
Martin Prado (R) LF
Jason Heyward (L) RF
Dan Uggla (R) 2B
Eric Hinske (L) 1B
David Ross (R) C
Tyler Pastornicky (R) SS
Juan Francisco (L) 3B
Randall Delgado (R) P

Bullpen note: Sam LeCure hasn't pitched in 11 days.

Bullpen Log

Reliever 5/19 5/20 5/21 5/22 5/23 5 day totals
Aroldis Chapman 1.0, 17p 1.0, 15p 1.0, 18p 1.0, 12p
4.0 IP, 62 pitches
Sean Marshall 0.1, 20p 0.1, 3p 0.1, 6p 1.0 IP, 29 pitches
Logan Ondrusek 0.2, 10p 0.2, 3p 1.0, 16p 2.1 IP, 29 pitches
Jose Arredondo 0.2, 7p 0.2, 19p 1.1, 23p
2.2 IP, 49 pitches
Sam LeCure 0 IP, 0 pitches
J.J. Hoover 0 IP, 0 pitches
Alfredo Simon 0 IP, 0 pitches