The 2012 MLB season saw something happen for Homer Bailey that had never occurred for him before. Bailey made it through a full season without getting hurt or being sent back to the minor leagues in starting 33 games for the Cincinnati Reds.
The righty finished 13-10 with a career-low 3.68 ERA in 208 innings as Cincinnati made the playoffs. The 2013 season is just around the corner, and Bailey is going to need to improve on his numbers for the Reds to gain another National League Central division title.
Bailey is just 27-years old and had high expectations on him when he reached the major league level in 2007. He spent the first five years of his career being inconsistent, and barely had a .500 record along the way. I really think Bailey turned the corner last season, which included a no-hitter in late September.
Cincinnati was a very good team behind him as well, and scored over four runs per game when Bailey pitched. That offense isn’t going to slow down this season with the additions that the Reds made in the off-season.
It is quite likely that Bailey will be the No. 4 or 5 starter in 2013 for the Reds, especially since Cincinnati wants Aroldis Chapman in the starting rotation. He may not get his 33 starts again this season because of that fact, but if he can start 28 or 29 games, I don’t see any reason why the former top prospect can’t finish with 15 wins and an ERA around 3.35.
Cincinnati is in a very difficult division and they really need Bailey to continue his output from 2012.