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Pedro Feliciano, Manny Acosta and Bobby Parnell all might have been (and still might be) candidates to lock things down. Skipper Jerry Manuel's motto: He did it last night; let's see what he's got. That makes Takahashi the front-runner, for now.
The Japanese southpaw doesn't have typical closer's stuff, but that isn't a job requirement. He has performed much more admirably in a relief role (2.68 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 10.2 K/9) than a starting one (5.01 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, 7.5 K/9). A potentially glaring long-term issue: Right-handed hitters have fared pretty well (.271 BA, .457 slugging percentage) against him.
It's extremely unlikely that anyone here is going to cure saves deprivation. Takahashi took the reins first, though. If this job changes hands even once, you're probably better off avoiding this situation until further breakdowns.
Shallow mixed: Consider
Deep mixed: Consider
The Reds began using Bailey in the bullpen in the minors, but that trial lasted for only one appearance. When the league suspended Johnny Cueto for giving taekwondo lessons, Cincy needed Bailey to start this past Sunday, against the Florida Marlins. The right-hander didn't disappoint, with six shutout innings and four K's.
There has already been speculation that the Reds will boot Mike Leake from the rotation - in part because of recent performance and, likely, in part because of workload concerns. The Reds don't have to be overly concerned at this point, but they aren't going to put the pedal to Leake's metal.
After a terrible April, Bailey was effective in May, save for one lousy outing. Maybe Cincy gambles that their former prodigy is rediscovering his late-season form from a year ago.
Shallow mixed: Pass
Deep mixed: Watch
About Nicholas Minnix
Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.
The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570. Follow @NicholasMinnix
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