Fifth starter choices
The Reds main candidates for the rotation’s fifth spot have gotten at least one turn to pitch this spring. Here’s out it looks to this point:
Homer Bailey: 2 G, 1 GS, 4 IN, 0R, 1 H, 1 BB, 6 K
Micah Owings: 1 G, 1 GS, 3 IN, 0R, 2H, 0 BB, 2 K
Nick Masset: 1G, 1 GS, 1 IN, 4R, 3ER, 4H, 1BB, 0K
Daryl Thompson: 1G, 0GS, 2IN, 0R, 0H, 0BB, 0K
Ramon Ramirez: 1G, 0GS, 1IN, 5R, 0ER, 3H, 1BB, 1K
Notes: Bailey has looked sensational and Owings also looked strong. Thompson, who is considered to have an outside shot, was also strong. Ramirez gave up a grand slam following a two-out error that should have gotten out of an inning. Masset was a little too amped up and struggled in his start.
Other considerations: Bailey seems to have a new and improved attitude. Owings is good hitter and can also be used as a pinch-hitter. Masset is the only one in the group out of Minor League options. The club hasn’t ruled out sending any of the pitchers that don’t win the fifth spot to the bullpen.
Based on one time through, who do you like in the fifth spot to this point? Who will get it? Who should win the job?