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Game 134: Reds @ Astros (7:05 EDT). Bailey vs. Harrell.

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Cincinnati Reds
@ Houston Astros

Saturday, Sep 1, 2012, 7:05 PM EDT
Minute Maid Park

Homer Bailey vs Lucas Harrell


TV: FSO-HD; RADIO: WLW, KTRH, KLAT; WEB:, Gameday Audio, Gameday


Partly cloudy, rain (irrelevant). Winds blowing out to center field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 95.

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Luckily, this game was not BOLN'd ("Blacked Out Live Nationally") by Baseball Night in America.

Welcome to the show, H-Rod, Didi and Denis. Keep your batting gloves handy, because you'll be doing a lot of clapping and your hands could get calloused. And welcome back to Logan Ondrusek. Logan will probably have the biggest role of any call-up, but he's going to have to work his way back up Bullpen Log like everyone else.

Tonight, the Reds have a chance to clinch... a winning record for 2012. It may happen, appropriately enough, against the team they last clinched against.

Homer Bailey and Lucas Harrell are two of the most evenly-matched pitchers you'll find. They're less than a year apart in age (Homer is the younger), with similar builds, heights and have nearly the same ERA+ over the nearly the same number of 2012 innings. They both throw pretty much the same pitches and have fastballs that average a tick over 92. The major baseball difference, of course, is that Homer was a much more highly-touted prospect and made his debut at 21 to Harrell'sb 25.

At this point in their respective careers how relevant is that really? Bailey's superior control - and maybe his flashes of brilliance or ability to reach back and throw upper-90s - makes him a better pitcher. But they probably have similar futures ahead. And that's OK. It makes them valuable members of their organizations. I'm OK. You're OK. And after tonight, the Reds might be mathematically guaranteed to be "OK."

Homer Bailey Stats Lucas Harrell
4.24 (101)
ERA (ERA+) 3.92 (103)
WHIP 1.326
K/BB 1.88
FIP 3.73
xFIP 3.87
SIERA 4.05
IP 158.1



Zack Cozart (R) SS
Drew Stubbs (R) CF
Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
Ryan Ludwick (R) LF
Jay Bruce (L) RF
Todd Frazier (R) 1B
Scott Rolen (R) 3B
Ryan Hanigan (R) C
Homer Bailey (R) P


Jimmy Paredes (S) RF
Tyler Greene (R) SS
Brett Wallace (L) 1B
Justin Maxwell (R) CF
Fernando Martinez (L) LF
Matt Dominguez (R) 3B
Scott Moore (L) 2B
Chris Snyder (R) C
Lucas Harrell (S) P

Bullpen Log

Reliever 8/27 8/28 8/29 8/30 8/31 5 day totals
Aroldis Chapman 1.0, 12p 1.0, 14p -
2.0 IP, 26 pitches
Sean Marshall 1.0, 18p -
1.0 IP, 18 pitches
Jonathan Broxton 1.0, 12p 1.0, 15p -
2.0 IP, 27 pitches
Jose Arredondo 1.0, 20p -
1.0 IP, 20 pitches
Sam LeCure -
1.0, 7p
1.0 IP, 7 pitches
J.J. Hoover 1.0, 15p -
1.0 IP, 15 pitches
Alfredo Simon -
2.0, 26p
2.0 IP, 26 pitches
Logan Ondrusek 1.1
1.1 IP (AAA)