June 16, 2008

Red Sox 9, Reds 0: The Inconsistency of Youth

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Reds (33-38)000000000061
W: Beckett (7-4) L: Bailey (0-3)


Homer Bailey started again for the Reds, and as has been his custom, allowed home runs–three of this time–and walked 5 in 2 1/3 innings. The scary part, I think, is that he didn’t strike anyone out. He’s always had issues with control, walking too many and allowing too many home runs, but he always struck out people. Not yesterday.

Obviously, the Reds weren’t going to win. That’s not why they have Bailey in the rotation. He’s there to learn to pitch in the big leagues or die trying. Hopefully, he’ll start figuring things out because this does get painful to watch.

The Reds managed to win one game in the Red Sox series, and sent another one into extras until Dusty Baker lost it for the team. (Memo to Baker: Francisco Cordero > Mike Lincoln.) Despite that, I thought the Reds were greatly outclassed. This team has a long road ahead before they’re a good team. Bailey learning to pitch effectively is but one of many steps along that path.

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