The Reds will send Homer Bailey, perhaps the most unfortunately named pitcher in the majors, against the Phillies in Thursday's series finale.
Bailey has never had a huge problem allowing the long ball: A 0.9 home runs per nine innings rate over the last three seasons is about league average. So the name has not been prophetic.
It does, however, rank up there with Bob Walk, Kevin Slowey, and Grant Balfour as the worst pitcher names. Josh Outman, the former Phillies farmhand recently recalled by Oakland, has to be the best. - Matt Gelb