|Bats / Throws||Right / Right|
|Date of Birth||5/3/1986|
|Height, Weight||6'4", 230 lbs|
|From||La Grange, TX|
|Drafted||2004 - Rd 1|
Bailey (8-6) allowed two earned runs on seven hits and no walks while striking out six across six innings to earn the win Wednesday against the Mariners.
Bailey turned in a strong start in his Athletics debut, allowing no home runs while also surrendering no free passes. His only real trouble came in a second inning when he allowed both of his earned runs, though he conceded only two hits in his remaining four innings of work. Bailey generated 24 combined swinging and called strikes, a strong tally for 87 total pitches. He'll look to build on this strong debut in his next start, currently scheduled for Tuesday at Houston.
Bailey is scheduled to make his Athletics debut Wednesday against the Mariners in Oakland, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
Since Bailey has yet to pitch in the second half, he'll be sufficiently rested and shouldn't face any restrictions while stepping in as Oakland's new fifth starter during the upcoming week. Prior to getting shipped out of Kansas City on Sunday, Bailey was at least an acceptable innings eater for the Royals, netting a 4.80 ERA (4.62 xFIP) and 11.0 K-BB% across 18 starts. Bailey should have some staying power in an Oakland rotation that has been churning the Nos. 4 and 5 spots for a good portion of the campaign.
The Athletics acquired Bailey from the Royals on Sunday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
The Royals' return in the deal isn't known, but Oakland likely isn't sending back anything substantial while it pays the approximately $250,000 in salary Bailey is owed for the remainder of 2019. News of the trade surfaced shortly after Bailey was a surprise scratch ahead of his scheduled start for Kansas City in Sunday's game against the Tigers. The Athletics have yet to name a fifth starter coming out of the All-Star break, so Bailey could be plugged into the rotation right away and debut for the club Tuesday against Seattle. Over 18 starts this season spanning 90 innings, Bailey has posted a 4.80 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 81:38 K:BB.
Bailey was a late scratch ahead of his scheduled start Sunday against the Tigers due to an undisclosed reason, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports.
The Royals announced Bailey's scratch just over a half hour before game time. Expect the team to provide further clarity on the rationale behind the decision later Sunday. Long reliever Brian Flynn will start in Bailey's stead in what likely amounts to a bullpen game for Kansas City.
Bailey allowed two runs on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts over five innings of work against the Indians on Thursday. He did not record a decision.
Bailey's chance at earning his eighth win of the season was spoiled after the Royals' bullpen surrendered six runs in the seventh inning to blow a 3-2 lead. Still, the right-hander has been in a bit of a groove lately, posting a 2.38 ERA over his last six starts while notching three wins in that span. Bailey has been the only bright spot for the Royals' pitching staff recently as Danny Duffy, Brad Keller and Jakob Junis all have an ERA of 4.54 or higher over the past 30 days. In his 18 outings this season, Bailey has only managed to record six quality starts with an 81:38 K:BB in 90 innings. Without being able to generate many strikeouts or efficient starts, the veteran righty will need to rely on plenty of run support to maintain fantasy value.