Homer Bailey’s arrival to the big leagues was one of the most anticipated debuts in recent Reds history. However, since coming into the league into 2007 inconsistency has plagued the ultra-talented right hander. Overall for his career he’s 30-28 with a 4.78 ERA with a 1.457 WHIP and a 6.87 K/per nine inning rate.
There have flashes of brilliance as well as horrific blowups. The team invested highly in Bailey when they selected him with the 7th overall pick in MLB’s 2004 Amateur Draft.
Consider that two pitchers from this draft class are Justin Verlander (2nd overall by DET) and Jered Weaver (12th overall by LAA). Both have been amazing. Verlander along with another 2004 draftee, Phillip Humber (3rd overall by NYM), have throw no-hitters this season. Meanwhile, Bailey has mustered just two complete games in parts of five seasons with the Reds.
This season has been a microcosm of Bailey’s career. He’s 5-5 with a 4.20 ERA and 10 of his 14 starts have been quality starts. Yet after taking the loss in Wednesday's game versus the Brewers over his past five outings he’s 1-3 with a 6.00 ERA with 35 hits, 18 ER, 9 BB, 16 K, and 5 HR through 27 innings.
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