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Thanks to Homer Bailey, Reds maybe finally on a roll

Jul 2, 2013, 11:08 PM EDT

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The Reds entered July a perfectly respectable 46-36, but that was good for only third place in the NL Central. Mostly, they were beating up on bad teams and losing to good ones:

Reds vs. Marlins, Brewers, Cubs, Mets: 24-5
Reds vs. everyone else: 22-31

Besides the four teams with the worst records in the NL, the Reds had a winning record versus just one club; they were 4-2 against the Phillies. They were 7-12 against the two teams ahead of them in the NL Central (the Pirates and Cardinals). They were 5-7 against AL teams.

Now the Reds have opened July 2-0 against a Giants team that’s also struggled of late, but one that happened to defeat them in the NLDS last year before going on to win the World Series. Bailey’s no-hitter was well timed, giving him his fifth win of the year after he went 1-2 in June. It’s his first win against a contender since he beat the Nationals way back on April 5, his first outing of the season. Maybe he had deserved a couple of more since, but he had struggled in most of his starts against teams currently in postseason position:

April 10 against St. Louis: 7 ER in 5 IP
May 1  against St. Louis: 4 ER in 5 1/3 IP
May 7 against Atlanta: 4 ER in 5 IP
May 30 against Cleveland: 7 ER in 3 2/3 IP
June 20 against Pittsburgh: 2 ER in 6 IP
June 26 against Oakland: 4 ER in 6 IP

That’s an 8.13 ERA in six starts against teams that would be in the postseason if it started today. The Giants don’t qualify, but beating them is a start. Doing so by hurling a second career no-hitter only makes it all the sweeter.

  1. breastfedted - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    The Reds are beanball war-inciting douches. Dusty Baker can choke on his toothpick.

    • junglerat524 - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:37 AM


  2. zurnvs - Jul 3, 2013 at 7:10 AM

    Hater above

  3. jm91rs - Jul 3, 2013 at 7:23 AM

    I’m a reds fan, but on a roll? Two wins at home against a bad team after dropping 6 of 8 on the road.

    • junglerat524 - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:38 AM

      True. No way they are on a roll unless they are being served as a sandwich. They need to get healthy soon or they’re gonna fall out of it quickly.

      • jm91rs - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:59 PM

        They’re healthy enough. Cueto hasn’t missed more than a couple of starts, and Cingrani did well enough in those starts. Heisey is back finally and Marshall might be back in a few weeks. They just need to be more consistent. You can’t get shut out 3 out of 4 games then come home and put 8 on the board in only 6 innings. They might still fall out of it quickly, but they were in it with some injuries, so I’m not going to blame the injuries if they fall back.

        I’ll be happy if they’re within 4 games of Pitt/St.L at the break. They’re still ahead of last year’s pace, and both of their competitors will likely fall back to the pack at some point.

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