Homer Bailey Throws A No-Hitter Against The Pittsburgh Pirates

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The 2012 season is winding down, but Cincinnati Reds pitcher Homer Bailey gave baseball fans one more thrill before the playoffs start, throwing a no-hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Bailey, who is Christian Bale’s  doppelganger, is in his sixth season with Cincinnati, compiling a 37-33 record over that span. Bailey’s no-hitter was the first Reds no-no since Tom Browning threw a perfect game in 1988, and the Pirates were no-hit for the first time since Bob Gibson did so in 1971.

This was the seventh no-hitter this season. The previous six were done by Philip Humber, Matt Cain, and Felix Hernanez - who all threw perfect games –  while Jered Weaver, Johan Santana, and the Seattle Mariners completed a boring no-hitter.

It’s good to see Homer Bailey finally live up to his potential. It seems like we have been hearing about his potential for years, to only be reminded that baseball prospects flame out way more often than they actually succeed. Coming into today, Bailey has thrown 195 innings, with a record of 12-10 and a 3.95 ERA.

If the Reds want to make a deep run into October, they will need Bailey to continue his hot pitching. A big-three of Bailey, Mat Latos, and Johnny Cueto should give National League lineups problems in the playoffs.

On the other hand, it’s sad to see one of baseball’s best stories in the Pittsburgh Pirates fall flat on their face in September. The Pirates seemed like a lock to finish above .500 in August, but due to their collapse fans can expect another losing season in Buccoland.

Pirates’ collapse aside, congratulations to Homer Bailey on his no-hitter!

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