Cincinnati Reds Pitcher Bailey Gets The Call... Again

Christopher J. FarinoContributor IJune 26, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - JUNE 5: Homer Bailey #34 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches in a game against the Philadelphia Phillies on June 5, 2008 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
It's that time again.
It's time for good old Homer Bailey to get called up again.
So why is this any different than before? Well, it may not be, but there is a reason for hope this time.
Bailey was sent down to the minors after failing miserably each time he has been brought up over the last three seasons.
This time two things changed: One, he added a new pitch, a split-fingered fastball and two, he has worked on a flaw in his mechanics.
Yeah, yeah, we have heard this before, but these improvements have shown direct results. Since the changes, Bailey has been red hot going 4-0 with a 0.47 ERA and a 38:7 K:BB ratio over his last five starts for AAA Louisville.
This could be the time for Bailey to finally fulfill his potential. Adding a split-fingered fastball to his mid-90's fastball and his great curveball could turn him into the dominate pitcher everybody expects him to be.
But, only his next callup will show if he's truly ready.