First one of the Year

Look out Justin Verlander and Nolan Ryan, there is a new pitching phenomenon rising to the top and his name is Homer Bailey. The six year Cincinnati Reds veteran pitcher has now completed his second no hitter in 10 months, after striking out Joey Votto for the game’s final out. Bailey threw his arms to the sky in celebration and was embraced by his fellow teammates in a dog pile around the pitchers mount, while the San Francisco Giants walked off the field with their heads down. Bailey’s first words after pitching his second career no hitter were “It’s something I have already done, so I knew what to expect”

Funny enough, Homer Bailey becomes the pitcher with the worst ERA (4.36) to pitch a multiple no hitter, what made it even better is that the Cincinnati Reds were on their home diamond, in front of 27,509 screaming fans as they all chanted “Homer, Homer…” The defending Champions Giants have themselves been going through quite the slump as Buster Posey connected twice only to fly out and ground out at third; it took Bailey 102 straight pitches with one walk and 9 strikeouts through the 9 inning game.

What’s next for the Reds starting pitcher? As of next season he will a free agent so it becomes a contract year for this 27 year old Texas native as he looks to boost his stroke every way he can. With an overall 3.57 ERA he comes in third among the team’s starting pitchers but this is sure to change that, as him and Cueto now become the faces of this ball club heading into the future. Bailey is only the ninth player in MLB history to pitch a no hitter against the defending World Series Champions.