I'm pretty sure that Homer Bailey of the Reds is one of the most unlikely players in league history with two no hitters. But honestly, Bailey has turned himself into one of the better pitchers in baseball this season. His 2.9 fWAR leads a very good Reds staff. His 111 innings pitched lead Cincinnati, and is good for 16th in baseball. His 2.67 xFIP is sixth among all qualified starters in the league, behind five of the very best pitchers in baseball. He's struck out a batter per inning, and has a 4.27 strikeout to walk ratio. His velocity is the highest it's been since 2009. At age 27, Homer Bailey has arrived. After he looked more like fellow 2004 top ten draftees Jeff Niemann and Phil Humber, Bailey has turned himself into a pretty good pitcher.
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Cubs gonna Cub. (Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports)
Game of the Night: Athletics 8, Cubs 7. It feels mean to pick on the Cubs the day after they dealt Scott Feldman for a solid return, but here we are. The Cubs took a 5-3 lead in the fourth inning, but in the bottom of the inning, Starlin Castro made the above error and Coco Crisp singled to tie the game. Wellington Castillo hit a two-run double in the sixth to give the Cubs a two-run lead once again, but in the bottom of the eighth, James Russell allowed a three-run homer to Derek Norris to give Oakland a one run lead. An erratic Grant Balfour shut the door in the ninth to preserve the A's victory.no comments