Bailey honored & a thanks to you
It was just announced that Homer Bailey was named the National League Player of the Week. It’s the first time he won the award.
Bailey, 23, was 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA, four walks and 14 strikeouts over 13 innings pitched.
In a 7-2 Reds victory over the Cardinals on Sept. 29, Bailey gave up one earned run on seven hits with one walk and seven strikeouts. During a 6-0 blanking of the Pirates in Sunday’s season finale, the right-hander worked six scoreless innings and allowed seven hits and three walks and struck out seven.
In his final nine starts, Bailey posted a 6-1 record and 1.70 ERA. Sure, four of those wins were vs. the Pirates but considering his struggles in recent years, the Reds should be encouraged. All signs are that Bailey will make the 2010 rotation more solid.
I wouldn’t be shocked if we soon learn that Joey Votto is the NL Player of the Month. At least, I voted for him.
Also — I wanted to thank everyone for reading this blog and following along on Twitter. This was my first season of doing both. I hope it was an avenue to enhanced Reds coverage for you.
Even though we’re in the off-season, I will continue to churn out stories — hot stove and others — throughout the next few months. I will also keep blogging and posting on Twitter. I hope you keep checking in and commenting.