On Tuesday, Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Bronson Arroyo picked up the win against the Washington Nationals, going the distance for the first time this season. He only gave up one run, which in fact was the first run Arroyo had given up this month. In May, Arroyo has won all of his starts, going 3-0, and also has an incredible ERA of 0.39. He has pitched a total of 23.1 innings, and has given up just one earned run.
In the beginning of the season, Arroyo couldn’t have dreamed of pitching at a level even close to this. Through his first five starts, Arroyo was just 1-2 with an ERA of 7.77. He was getting absolutely shelled and allowed opposing batters to hit .346 against him. Arizona was even close to pulling him from the rotation, but because it was only his first year with the team, he was given the benefit of the the doubt.
This has certainly paid off for Arizona, as well as Arroyo.
At the beginning of the year, Arroyo was last in the Diamondbacks rotation in most of the key statistics. Now, after just three starts this month, he is at or near the top in those same statistics. Among the starters, Arroyo is second in ERA, first in wins, second in innings pitched, and is the only pitcher for the Diamondbacks to throw a complete game this year.
When he was signed, Arroyo was expected to bolster the back end of Arizona’s rotation. Because the pitching staff has been so bad this year, Arroyo has essentially become the no. 2 starter, or even the ace of the staff. If he can continue this hot streak, Arroyo’s contract will be one of the steals of this past offseason.