Sunday, September 30, 2012

Homer Bailey thinks the Reds are being overlooked

Homer Bailey doesn't think the Reds are getting the attention they deserve around the league. He expressed his discontent about this matter in an interview with Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay on Saturday. This coming on the heels of tossing the first no-hitter by a Reds pitcher since Tom Browning's perfect game in 1988.

“No one’s even paid attention. You don’t hear about that on ESPN. We keep hearing about The Big Red Machine. Nobody’s talking about this team, this rotation, the things we’ve done, the amount of quality starts, the innings. Four guys over 200 (innings pitched). Five guys making every start. Johnny Cueto about to go for his 20th win," said Bailey.

Cincinnati became only the eighth team in MLB history to have five pitchers start 30 or more games in a single season when Mike Leake started on Saturday. Additionally, the Reds bullpen boasts the lowest ERA in the league while Bronson Arroyo is set to become the fourth starter to eclipse 200 innings for the year. Only the Washington Nationals tout a better team ERA in the National League than the Reds do.

"Nobody’s paying attention to it. Nobody’s paying attention to how our bullpen is probably the best in baseball. We come here last night and there’s (34,000) people. We go back home and there’s only 20,000. We’re a first-place team with a bunch of exciting things going on — whether it’s Todd Frazier going for Rookie of the Year or Joey Votto going for a batting title or Johnny Cueto up for a Cy Young. A rotation full of guys that day in day out take the ball."

Bailey added this in closing, “I don’t think we necessarily try to get attention. But I think what everybody is witnessing with this team is pretty special. It shouldn’t go overlooked.”

As slighted as Bailey and the Redlegs may feel, they can gain serious attention by doing one thing over the next month -- win. I doubt anyone would be ignoring them then.

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