Sat, Apr 18th 9:45am EDT
By Brad Niehaus
Home Bailey returning to Reds rotation after beginning season on DL. (Source: Mark Sheldon/ MLB.com)
Fantasy Impact: The arrival of Homer Bailey to the 2015 Reds rotation has been long anticipated by fans and owners, but now that Cincinnati has dropped 5 of 6, the return is essential. Bailey will face Carlos Martinez and the St. Louis Cardinals, a team Homer has struggled with in the past. Over the previous three seasons Bailey has posted a 4.52 ERA, a 4-5 record, but managed to rack up 48 strikeouts in 63.2 innings. Season long fantasy owners should insert Bailey into their lineups immediately, but DFS players face a risky proposition if choosing Homer. Fanduel has Bailey listed at $8700 for today's game which is by no means a bargain. The track record against St. Louis paired with this being his first start off the injury leads me to believe superior options are available.
Homer Bailey isn't expected to be ready until mid-April as he returns from forearm surgery.
Fantasy Impact: In his 23 starts in 2014 Homer Bailey posted 3.71 ERA over 145 2/3 IP with 124 SO. Look out for a draft-day discount but expect him to be a valuable second-tier SP if he comes back healthy.
Category: Injury Updates