Homer Bailey 2008 Topps – Sully Baseball Card of the Day for June 19, 2017

IMG_0707Homer Bailey is slowly making his way back to the majors. According to Cincinnati.com, he was throwing a bullpen session last week and looked good in the process.

The 31 year old Bailey would be a welcomed addition to this slumping Cincinnati squad.

10 years ago, he was a 21 year old former first round pick who carried in his right arm the promise of great years in Cincinnati. The Reds top prospect, he was projected to be the team’s ace with a name more suited for a hitter than a starter. He went back and forth between the majors and Triple A between 2007 and 2009.

In 2010 he pitched well enough to stay in the majors and eventually move out of the bullpen. He pitched 2 scoreless innings in the Reds brief 3 games and out Division Series appearance.

He remained on the big league squad, albeit battling injuries along the way in 2011 and in 2012. On September 28, 2012, he pitched like the ace the Reds thought they were getting.

At PNC Park in Pittsburgh, he needed 115 pitches to no hit the Pirates and earn the first Cincinnati no hitter since Tom Browning in 1988.

In the Division Series, manager Dusty Baker handed him the ball with a chance to clinch the sweep over the Giants. He held up his end of the bargain, going 7 innings, allowing a single hit and single walk and single run, striking out 10. But the Giants won the game in extra innings, en route to the World Series title.

In 2013, he matched his masterpiece. Bailey no hit the Giants on July 2, making Bailey the first pitcher since Nolan Ryan to throw the last no hitter of one season and the first one of the next season.

He signed a long term deal after the 2013 season. After throwing 145 2/3 innings in 2014, his season was shut down after arm issues. He has only pitched 34 1/3 innings since, recovering from Tommy John surgery.

But Homer Bailey has two no hitters in his career. Roger Clemens never had a no hitter. Neither did Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine or John Smoltz. Pedro Martinez never officially had one (although he took one into the 10th once). Hall of Famers Grover Cleveland Alexander, Whitey Ford, Lefty Grove and Steve Carlton never tossed a no hitter.

Bailey did and had one to spare. It is kind of strange when I see it written out like that. When everything is clicking for Bailey, he clearly is capable of great things.

Right now the Reds just need SOME things clicking for their team that needs Bailey back in the rotation.

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – June 30, 2014

Photo: USA Today Sports

Photo: USA Today Sports

For the past month, no team has been hotter than the Cincinnati Reds.

Their pitching is incredibly deep and now they are starting to hit. A great second half is not out of the question.

That and an exhausting weekend of baseball on today’s episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Felix Hernandez, Homer Bailey, Matt Joyce, Pedro Alvarez, Carlos Beltran, Tim Hudson, Mark Buehrle and Marlon Byrd all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball.
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The Most Recent No Hitter For Each Franchise (Updated for July 13, 2013)

Look at that! A no hitter by someone other than Homer Bailey!

Tim Lincecum has done a lot in his relatively young career. But now he can add “no hitter” to a resume that includes “2 Cy Young Awards”, “World Series clincher” and “best pitcher who looks like he is 10 years old.”

Is this a turning point for the Giants?
Who knows?

But what I do know… it is time to update my list!

THE MOST RECENT NO HITTERS
FOR EACH FRANCHISE
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
Tim Lincecum – July 13, 2012.
9-0 over San Diego.
CINCINNATI REDS
Homer Bailey – July 2, 2013.
3-0 over San Francisco.
SEATTLE MARINERS
Felix Hernandez – August 15, 2012.
1-0 over Rays. (Perfect Game)
NEW YORK METS
Johan Santana – June 1, 2012
8-0 over St. Louis.
LOS ANGELES ANGELS OF ANAHEIM
Jered Weaver – May 2, 2012.
9-0 over Minnesota.
CHICAGO WHITE SOX
Phillip Humber – April 21, 2012
4-0 over Seattle. (Perfect Game.)
DETROIT TIGERS
Justin Verlander – May 7, 2011.
9-0 over Toronto.
MINNESOTA TWINS
Francisco Liriano – May 3, 2011
1-0 over Chicago White Sox
PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
Roy Halladay – October 6, 2010
4-0 over Cincinnati. (Playoff Game)
TAMPA PAY RAYS
Matt Garza – July 26th, 2010
5-0 over Detroit.

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS
Edwin Jackson – June 25, 2010
1-0 over Tampa Bay

OAKLAND A’S
Dallas Braden – May 9, 2010
4-0 over Tampa Bay. (Perfect Game.)

COLORADO ROCKIES
Ubaldo Jimenez – April 17, 2010
4-0 over Atlanta.

CHICAGO CUBS
Carlos Zambrano – September 14, 2008.
5-0 over Houston.

BOSTON RED SOX
Jon Lester – May 19, 2008.
7-0 over Kansas City.

FLORIDA MARLINS
Anibal Sanchez – September 6, 2006.
2-0 over Arizona.

HOUSTON ASTROS
Roy Oswalt, Peter Munro, Kirk Saarloos, Brad Lidge, Octavio Dotel and Billy Wagner –
June 11, 2003.
8-0 over New York Yankees.

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
Bud Smith – September 3, 2001
4-0 over San Diego.

NEW YORK YANKEES
David Cone – July 18, 1999.
6-0 over Montreal. (Perfect Game.)

PITTSBURGH PIRATES
Francisco Cordova and Ricardo Rincon – July 12, 1997.
3-0 over Houston. (10 innings.)

LOS ANGELES DODGERS
Hideo Nomo – September 17, 1996.
9-0 over Colorado.

TEXAS RANGERS
Kenny Rogers – July 28, 1994.
4-0 over California. (Perfect Game.)

ATLANTA BRAVES
Kent Mercker – April 8, 1994.
6-0 over Los Angeles.

KANSAS CITY ROYALS
Bret Saberhagen – August 26, 1991
7-0 over Chicago White Sox.

WASHINGTON NATIONALS (AS MONTREAL EXPOS)
Dennis Martinez – July 28, 1991.
2-0 over Los Angeles. (Perfect Game.)

BALTIMORE ORIOLES
Bob Milacki, Mike Flanagan, Mark Williamson and Gregg Olson – July 13, 1991.
2-0 over Oakland.

TORONTO BLUE JAYS
Dave Steib – September 2, 1990.
3-0 over Cleveland.

MILWAUKEE BREWERS
Juan Nieves – April 15, 1987.
7-0 over Baltimore.

CLEVELAND INDIANS
Len Barker – May 15, 1981.
3-0 over Toronto. (Perfect Game.)

Bonus
WASHINGTON SENATORS
Bobby Burke – August 8, 1931
5-0 over Boston.

Earlier this month, the Giants were no hit in a game started by Lincecum. Giant fans prefer this.

Meanwhile, PetCo Park hosted its first ever no hitter.
Padres were victimized. They are still searching for their first no hitter.

You are still on the clock, San Diego

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