There are levels of success among Major League Baseball pitchers. To stay at the highest level of competitive baseball a pitcher has to be able to get outs, pitch a lot of innings and generally give his team a chance to win. Bronson Arroyo is one of the best examples of just what it takes. The Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher might not be throwing no-hitters and shutouts every time out but he does what needs to be done.
His ERA has been over 5.00 some years and down close to 3.00 other years. Sometimes he gets knocked around and still others he is able to shut down an opponent. Year in and year out however, Arroyo goes out and gets his team around 15 wins and eats up close to or over 200 innings. If I were starting a baseball team from scratch, I’d take five just like Arroyo to begin my team and give my guys a chance to win.
This season should be no different for Arroyo. His tendency lately has been towards pitching better however. That could mean a year with above 15 wins and a lower ERA is in store. Regardless of what exactly the Reds get out of him in 2013, they know for a fact he will pitch quality innings and give them a fighting chance. What else could they really ask for in a consistently healthy starting pitcher? If I were them I would try and make sure Arroyo wore red for the rest of his career.