Take away Homer Bailey’s no-hitter from this year and it would basically be a forgettable season so far for the Cincinnati Reds right hander. Bailey jumped to fame with his second no-hitter of his career and had a chance to inch closer to the .500 mark with his W-L record. But a 5-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves puts Bailey at 5-8 with an ERA of 3.82.
Considering his career MLB ERA total is 4.39, indications are he’s having a good season. In Bailey’s case it’s been one of his better seasons on the mound. He didn’t do enough to give the Reds the victory, but pitchers will always have problems winning the game when their teammates only score two runs. Bailey, like the rest of the Reds’ pitchers, need more run support from teammates.
What has to concern Reds manager Dusty Baker and his staff is Bailey’s performances following his July 2 masterpiece when he walked only one batter and fanned nine. He’s allowed four earned runs and 10 hits in each of his last two outings, although he is keeping his walks down.
He’s also 1-4 in his last six starts. That’s not the sign of a pitcher having a strong season.
Forget about the no-hitter, Bailey needs to pitch more effectively, especially against the bottom part of a team’s order, which is what hurt him against the Braves. He did have some soft base hits against him, but regardless, the Reds need Bailey to come back in his next game and keep the hits down. He doesn’t need to throw a no-hitter. But a 10-hitter won’t cut it.