It's Homer

To no one’s surprise here, Homer Bailey will be recalled from Triple-A Louisville to be your Reds starter on Saturday vs. the Indians, the club announced Thursday evening.

This obviously doesn’t have the same cache as it did in 2007 when Bailey was the next-big-thing that everyone clamored for. This will be the 23-year-old’s sixth big league call-up.

Why does this call-up have the potential to be different?

1. Bailey is on a seriously good run —  4-0 with a 0.47 ERA in his last five starts, with three of them lasting at least eight innings. He’s allowed one run over his last 38 2/3 innings with seven walks and 38 strikeouts.

2. With Edinson Volquez likely to be beyond the All-Star break, Bailey has about a month to prove himself. That should give him enough of an opportunity to get comfortable and show he belongs.

Reds lineup:

Taveras 8
Hairston Jr. 5
Phillips 4
Votto 3
Gomes DH
Hernandez 2
Bruce 9
Janish 6
Dickerson 7
Cueto 1

For those who were curious, this is the first time this season that Joey Votto has batted fourth. He did it 18 times in 2008.

Brandon [Phillips] is good against left-handers and Joey is just coming back,” Dusty Baker said. “I had it the other way around but changed it.”

Edwin Encarnacion is 3-for-14 (.214) through his first four rehab games at Louisville but has two homers and five RBIs. Encarnacion was 2-for-5 with a homer on Wednesday while playing third base.

“I heard he did pretty good. He hit a home run to right field, which is a pretty good sign,” Baker said. “We need him to be a ribbie man. The .214 part doesn’t bother me because he hasn’t been hitting. He’s turning his concentration up with runners in scoring position.”

Baker didn’t expect Encarnacion to return when the Reds open the next home stand on Tuesday.

“I don’t think so. His stroke is different than Joey’s. Plus Joey had a number of at-bats, and stuff. You don’t want him to get here and struggle.”

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GREAT news. I’m a huge fan of Homer’s. I hope he pitches as well as I know he can. The only fear I have is that he’ll end up pitching well and the Reds will use that as bargaining chip for trade talks. I don’t really think that’ll end up happening, but sometimes I am paranoid.
Great news on Edwin and Votto as well. I’ve always believed Votto and B-Phil should change spots in the lineup. When Edwin comes back that’ll add some much needed power. The thing with him, though, is that he wasn’t exactly killing it before he injured himself. Hopefully he comes back strong. We need him to seriously step up and show his capabilities…

Glad to here Bailey is probably going to get a longer stint. I want Voquez to come back when he is healthy which it would appear he hasn’t been all season.

On another note the Reds had a great game hitting today. Baker had a lot of guts sticking Taveras in at leadoff and putting Dickerson at the bottom of the lineup but today it paid off. Every starter got a hit except Brandon Phillips. Votto went 4 for 5 that is always great to see as well of course I would have rather seen 5 for 5 and him not having a strikeout but Joey is as good as it gets with a stick.

Cueto still struggles with his youth it looks like he only had one really bad inning which always looks to me like a concentration issue especially when it is the fifth inning. I do believe Cueto is our best “stuff” picture although he will never be an innings eater like Harang or dead arm Arroyo.

I still would like to see a lefty starter in our rotation scheme. People don’t realize how much that effects an opponent over a three game series having a lefty right in the middle of it… it throws off timing and historically throwing a lefty at hit hitters who constantly see righties causes them to get out of their hot streaks particularly the power hitters.
Fisher and Masset are starting to look pretty good in middle relief for us and of course Cordero is looking lights out he is terribly underrated in my opinion.

I think it’s safe to say that they’ll be using this lineup for a while. Kudos to Dusty. Very smart move on his part.

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