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Don’t be fooled by Homer Bailey‘s “breakout” 2012 season. Yes, he finally lasted a full season, topping 200 innings for the Reds. And yes, his 3.68 ERA was 33 points lower than the 4.01 major league average. But on a per-inning basis Bailey hasn’t developed much over the last three years. His strikeout rate, walk rate, OBA, BABIP, WHIP, and HR/9 were almost identical in 2011 and 2012, and his FIPs over the last three years have all been very similar.
Chalk the breakout up to luck and increased workload — anyone’s going to look better if they throw 208 average innings versus 132 average innings — and The Great American Ballpark is still a hellacious place to play.
At a Glance
Strengths: IP, QS, BB
Neutral: W, L, ERA, WHIP, K, OBA
Best-case scenario: Jarrod Parker (OAK)
Likely scenario: Josh Beckett (LAD), Edwin Jackson (CHC), Jonathon Niese (NYM)
Worst-case scenario: Joe Blanton (LAA)
Homer Bailey 2013 Fantasy Projection
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Daniel Corcino came into the 2012 season as arguably the Reds top pitching prospect after a strong 2011 year with Dayton. The Reds pushed him aggressively and skipped him over High-A Bakersfield and straight to Double-A Pensacola where he spent his entire season as an anchor in the Blue Wahoos rotation.
April didn’t start off particularly strong as Corcino allowed 3 runs in just...
Jan. 3, 1942 - The Burger Brewing Company and radio station WKRC hire Waite Hoyt to handle the play-by-play duties for Cincinnati Reds broadcasts.
Hoyt did the play-by-play for the Reds until 1965 and became a Cincinnati institution. A Hall of Fame pitcher who was a longtime friend and teammate of Babe Ruth with the Yankees in 1920, Hoyt regaled listeners with stories of his...
ESPN's Buster Olney continues to crank out "top 10 pieces" and his latest one involves the best lineups in baseball. After cracking the top six in starting rotation, outfield, and infield, the Reds take a step back on this list after settling in the No. 9 spot. Nonetheless, Cincinnati made the list and its batting lineup projects to be in the top third in MLB.
Aroldis Chapman‘s bid to join the Cincinnati rotation is fascinating for two reasons: He’s such a unique player with very few good comparables He was extremely valuable as a closer (his 3.3 WAR was the third-best by a RP in the last seven years) I’ve been highly critical of Chapman over the last few weeks, questioning whether he had a diverse enough repertoire to make it...
Jay Bruce in right, Shin-Soo Choo in center, and Ryan Ludwick in left -- this appears to be the outfield trio manager Dusty Baker will be penciling in on a regular basis in 2013. Chris Heisey, Xavier Paul, and perhaps Billy Hamilton will be called upon to patrol the GABP grasses at times next season, as well. So, how does Cincinnati's outfielding unit compare to those...
Phillips and the Reds grabbed the top spot in the NL
It's no small secret that Dusty Baker has one of baseball's best infields at his disposal. It has been that way for several years now thanks to the likes of Brandon Phillips, Joey Votto, Scott Rolen and others who have manned the dirt at GABP along the way.
With that in mind, the fact that Buster Olney dubbed...
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The Redlegs have made some pretty notable moves this offseason. Namely, the re-signings of reliever Jonathan Broxton and Ryan Ludwick, and the acquisition of Shin-Soo Choo from the Cleveland Indians.
MLB.com's Hot Stove crew recently chatted it up on how those aforementioned additions have improved the club heading into the 2013 season.
The Cincinnati Reds are looking to build on the momentum they started in 2012 when they finished the season with second-best record in the National League. Part of their plan is to lock up their bigger contributors for the long-term. Two such players may be Mat Latos and Homer Bailey.
Latos and Bailey are two of the few remaining unsigned arbitration-eligible players on...
Pitchers like Aroldis Chapman don’t pop up very often. The guy has a fastball that averages 98 mph, something that only one other pitcher did last year (Andrew Cashner, anyone?). He made significant strides in his second season in Cincy, dropping his walk rate under 3.00 BB/9 and turning what was a serious weakness in 2011 into a major strength. In fact, Chapman’s 5.30 K:BB ratio...
Happy Friday, everyone! Here is a bundle of Reds links and notes to kick-start your weekend...
+ The Reds didn't have a lot of wiggle room in regards to payroll for 2013, so they were forced to get creative, writes John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Hint: Cincy will be making payments to current players well after they are no longer here.
+ Upstate rival Cleveland recently...