Tonight, Homer Bailey makes the first road start of his young career going against the Oakland A’s at Mcafee Coliseum in Oakland. This place is definitely a pitcher’s park more then the launching pad that is Great American
Liftoff Ballpark in Cincinnati. This is an opportunity for Homer to once again beat a really good ballclub and prove he belongs. He beat the Cleveland Indians in his big league debut and then nearly pulled off the feat again in his next start against the Anaheim Los Angeles Angels.
The Reds go up against a tough customer in Chad Gaudin who is 6-1 with a 2.85 ERA. I suppose that since he’s not a lefthander, they stand a chance, but then again the game is in Oakland and the Reds have lost 7 straight to the Athletics dating back to 2002. They just go into a shell when they play this franchise. It’s not close games that they lose to this group either; it’s usually a nice 8-1 or 10-3 throbbing at the hands of the A’s from what I remember. It is always a dark night when the Reds play a late west coast game in Oakland. It would be a huge lift for Homer Bailey to snap this streak of misfortune against the A’s.
Thank goodness for the Inferno on Mtv, because that will tie up the fiance long enough for me to watch the beginning of Homer’s start. Afterall, he’s 1-0 when I get to watch his start. I won’t get to see the entire thing; as there is a date planned. We’re going to see Hostel II, which editor George tells me is a dissapointment of sorts. If he’s throwing a no-hitter or something to the tune of a shutout, I might have to do some manuevering.