Bronson Arroyo has been a staple of the Cincinnati Reds‘ rotation since 2006; he has never missed a start since joining the Reds, and he has been one of the best starters the team has had ever since coming to the Queen City.
Arroyo, to people that are not Reds’ fans, may be known as the guitar playing, long-haired, high-kicking right-hander that plays for Cincinnati. But he is also a starting a pitcher, and a pretty good one at that.
Arroyo might not have the lowest earned run average on the team, the fastest fastball or the most strikeouts, but just about every time he toes the rubber, you can expect a quality start from him. In the last two months, there have one been two games where Arroyo did not put together a quality start, but they were against two of the best teams in the MLB, the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers.
In his last last four starts, Arroyo has been very consistent; he has gone at least six innings in each game, and given up no more than three runs. In those four games, he has only surrendered seven runs. Seven runs over four games is pretty darn good; any MLB manager would take that seven days a week, and twice on Sunday.
Arroyo is not the most fun pitcher to watch, as his fastball is slower than most pitchers’ and he doesn’t get a whole lot of strikeouts, but he is always solid and very reliable. The 36-year-old right-hander has been getting the job done for the Reds since 2006, and continues to today.