In April, Bronson Arroyo was one of the worst pitchers in baseball, posting an ERA of 7.77 in 5 starts. He had a BAA of .345, as well as a WHIP of 1.81. Arroyo was brought to the team in the offseason to shore up the rotation, and through the first month, he was doing just the opposite. He was given the benefit of the doubt however, and was kept in the rotation, unlike Trevor Cahill and Randall Delgado.
Through his first 2 starts in the month of May, the Arizona Diamondbacks‘ confidence in him has certainly paid off. He has gone at least 7 innings in both starts, and has yet to give up an earned run. Much of his success can be contributed to his increased ability to get ground ball outs, as he improved his groundout to flyout ratio from 1.48/1 to 2/1. Arroyo is certainly not a strikeout pitcher, and the fact that he pitches in a hitters friendly stadium adds to the fact that he needs to get groundouts to be successful. Arroyo also has a BAA of .167 and a WHIP of 0.77 in May thus far.
Arroyo is the key to the Diamondbacks’ success this season, and for them to be successful, Arroyo needs to pitch well. In the last 7 games, the Diamondbacks are 5-2 and have won both games that Arroyo pitched. He is finally showing why the Diamondbacks gave him a multiyear contract this past offseason, and if he can keep it up, he will turn what looked to be a terrible contract at the beginning of the season into a steal.