Assigning the Blame: Homer Bailey

This will begin a series of short articles in which I assign the blame of a loss to a Reds’ player or players. It isn’t pleasant and I hope to have to write it sparingly.

Wednesday’s fiasco on the flyaway game with St. Louis was pitiful to watch after the fourth inning. Homer Bailey had given up only two hits and three walks at that point. A two-out solo shot by Jon Jay and a three-run jack by Carlos Beltran finished the scoring for the inning.

The sixth inning was not as kind to Homer as was the fifth. A single by David Freese followed by the second home run in as many days by Matt Adams elevated the cushion to 6-0. A double by shortstop Pete Kozma was all Dusty Baker needed to see to pull the plug on Bailey. Enter Logan Ondrusek who was recalled yesterday from Pensacola to fill in for reliever Sean Marshall who was put on the shelf for 15 days.

After recording two outs Ondrusek surrendered a two-run shot to Matt Carpenter which pinned the other run on Bailey.

It isn’t difficult to pinpoint who was culpable for this mugging. Bailey turned in one of his performances that he would certainly like to forget. His final line for five innings is 9 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 3 HR.

The entire offense was hapless (with the exception of a 2-3 day by Joey Votto), as journeyman Jake Westbrook made it look easy in chalking up only his fourth shutout in 13 years.

A 10-0 loss leaves a bad taste in everyone’s mouth. The recipient of the inaugural Assigning the Blame award goes to David Dewitt (Homer) Bailey.

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  • jeff yaws

    i tell you what, if you are getting shutout by jake westbrook, you most certainly have more problems then just homerun bailey

    • Cliff@RedsToTheBone

      Jake isn’t Verlander is he?

      • jeff yaws

        sure looked like it yesturday lol
        that series loss is a blessin in disguise
        bring them back down to earth alil,..not get to
        complacent,..
        we’ll be alright

        • Cliff@RedsToTheBone

          Maybe you are right, rather now than later.

  • beeker

    It isn’t Dusty’s fault? I thought it was ALWAYS Dusty’s fault!

    • Cliff@RedsToTheBone

      Lol

    • http://www.facebook.com/ryan.moses.9655 Ryan Moses

      well at least in obvious situations like when he sac bunts in front of Bruce and worse yet, Votto to take the bats out of their hands in consecutive days.

  • Josh Bresser

    While Bailey really should have been pulled after the 4 runs were allowed, I still agree that he’s most to blame.

    • Cliff@RedsToTheBone

      yeah it looks like Dusty is giving a longer leash to the starters than I can recall

      • http://www.facebook.com/ryan.moses.9655 Ryan Moses

        ever watch Dusty manage a pitching staff? LOL. He’s been a bit better in recent years, but leaving Arroyo in during his last start was unbelievably naive.

        • Josh Bresser

          The bullpen should automatically be warming in the 6th inning when Arroyo pitches. He dominates until then, then he completely blows up. His stats by inning support this theory.

  • Cliff@RedsToTheBone

    It is sad to lose a series to the Cards especially after winning the opener.

  • beeker

    You really just jumped from two losses in St Louis to hoping “they do not get swept by the Pirates this weekend”? That is exactly the type of sky-is-falling melodrama that makes me shake my head. Can’t they simply have a bad series against a good team, the way you or I have a bad day now and then, without it meaning the season is in jeopardy?

    • beeker

      Take away the overstatements, and I get it. I’m even a lot closer to feeling the way you do than you might think. I really wanted the Reds to win that series. i’d like nothing more than to put the Cards in the rear view mirror and never look back. A wire-to-wire season (save for Opening Day) would be something special to remember.

      I’m not easy going because it is early, but because the game has a consistent pattern to it. Almost every team will win 70 and lose 70 this year. For every team, a couple dozen of those losses will be flat out awful. Like the 15-0 beating the Reds gave the Nats. Or the last two games.They are just gonna happen now and then, no matter how much we hate them. They are ugly, but they don’t count any more than a 1- or 2-run loss.

      It’s the other 22 tight games that can come back to bite. Or haunt. Personally, I am confident in the Reds’ roster, flaws and all. They have the bullpen, the defense, and (most nights) the offense to snag the majority of those tight ones and be just fine. So when they play a stinker or two, I can say “Well that sucked” and still sleep at night. A longer view of things let’s me do what the team has to do: put it behind and just move on.

      “Momma said there’ll be days like this.”

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    Always thought baseball was a team sport. Guess I was wrong…

    • Cliff@RedsToTheBone

      It is a team sport. Should it be like USMC Basic Training, where one guy farts in formation and the whole platoon gets punished for it because he didn’t own up to it? – been there

      • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

        So I should be able to go back to any Reds loss and blame one person for that loss? Asking for a friend…

        • Cliff@RedsToTheBone

          At least one. As I wrote in the first sentence it may be only one or could be more. Not really any different than giving someone a “game ball” just the reciprocal of it. :-)

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