I remember a time when Bronson Arroyo seemed like a pretty good pitcher — mainly with the Red Sox. He used a lot of arm angles, changed speeds a lot and seemed to control a never-ending array of breaking balls.
The last few years he’s been plying is trade in Cincinnati. He hasn’t been bad but he hasn’t been great, either.
That brings us to 2008, where he’s been pretty damn awful. His ERA was 5.55 heading into Tuesday night’s start against Toronto.
All he did against the Blue Jays was complete one full inning, giving up 10 runs on 11 hits and three home runs in the Reds’ 14-1 loss. His ERA now stands at a bloated 6.52. Yep, it went up almost a full run, and he literally made one of the worst starts ever.
To quote Mr. Arroyo himself:
“I probably could have told them what was coming and fared better.”
Yep, sounds about right to me. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, via the Associated Press story, Arroyo is just the sixth pitcher in Major League Baseball history to give up at least 10 runs while getting no more than three outs.
Don’t worry, Bronson, you can go get ‘em next time.