Hang with, or buy low on, Homer Bailey
Cincinnati Reds right-hander Homer Bailey entered his Monday outing against the Pittsburgh Pirates having been torched for four runs in each of two outings by the strong St. Louis Cardinals lineup, leaving many of his fantasy owners concerned. Bailey had permitted 16 hits in all over 9 1/3 innings, and despite the fact this was the No. 16 starting pitcher chosen in ESPN average live drafts this season, there were some people panicking and dropping him from rosters.
So what did Bailey do Monday, against a Pirates franchise he’s had the most success against in his career? He gave up four home runs in five odd innings, that’s what! In fairness, everyone except Dave Concepcion was seemingly hitting home runs in this crazy, rain-impacted game, one which is scheduled to be completed Tuesday, but still, now the Bailey panic meter will really rise. Bailey owners won’t care about the nine strikeouts with nary a walk, focusing solely on the negative, and Twitter was ablaze Monday night with one Bailey owner after another asking if he/she could drop him for the likes of Mark Buehrle, Aaron Harang and Scott Feldman, starting pitchers performing well above their means on the mostly irrelevant (at this stage) Player Rater so far.