Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Two Homer Bailey Photos in Two Starts Means Things are Going According to Plans, Reds 7-3
Bailey didn't need all of the support but still appreciated it. He went 7 and was generally dominant. His line showcased just 5 hits and he struck out 5 in throwing 95 pitches and picking up win number 2. The recent question mark has become Chapman who seems to prefer walking and hitting guys to any other course of action. Sure, it's fun to drill a batter with a 102 mph fastball, probably a lot of fun, but that's not always the best option over an entire baseball game. He only stuck around for 4 batters last night. He put them all on base, 3 via walk, one HBP, and Masset was nice enough to let the other two score. You have to teach young players to be responsible for their actions. Fortunately the Reds were up by 7 at the time. And they were playing the Astros. So, no real damage done. Masset retired the rest of his batters and Bray finished the game. Once Chapman remembers his dominance, this is potentially a pretty good bullpen.
Final game of the series today with Volquez still trying to recall 2007. I think he's ready. He's figured out the first inning, now he needs to focus on innings 2-6. He and his weave have been thinking hard about it and think they have a solution. So, that's good news. Reds! Reds! Reds!