Is Bronson Arroyo Evolving into a Giant Killer?

July 22, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; Arroyo delivers a pitch against the San Francisco Giants during last night’s first inning. (Kyle Terada – USA TODAY Sports)

So if you stayed up late to watch the Reds take out the San Francisco Giants by the score of 11-0, you witnessed Bronson Arroyo toss a complete game. It’s rare that anyone would term a 7-hitter as a masterful game (I won’t), but Arroyo has started to develop quite the record against the Giants.

Here’s what I mean. Arroyo’s lines from his last five starts when facing the Giants including last year’s start in the NLDS.

DATE BF AB IP H R ER BB SO
4/25/2012 (H) 24 22 5 9 2 1 1 2
6/1/2012 (A) 28 24 6 7 2 2 2 2
10/7/2012 (A) 23 22 7 1 0 1 1 4
7/1/2013 (H) 21 20 6 2 1 1 1 3
7/22/2013 (A) 32 32 9 7 0 0 0 6
TOTALS 128 120 33 26 5 5 5 17

Okay, the first game listed here isn’t a quality start, but hopefully you get the full picture. In the five games listed above, all since the beginning of 2012, the Reds are 4-1, and Arroyo owns a personal record of 3-0.

Some more numbers to share. His ERA in these games is 1.36 to go along with a WHIP of 0.939 and BAA of .217. Not to mention a SO/BB ratio of 3.40. Arroyo is no strikeout artist, but he doesn’t walk a lot either. These are some pretty nice stats, too.

In viewing his career splits, Arroyo does show personal success against opponents like the Chicago Cubs (12-9, 3.04, 1.154), Houston Astros (13-7, 4.04, 1.180) and Milwaukee Brewers (14-10, 3.70, 1.259). These are the only teams in which he owns double-digits wins, but Arroyo has started to master pitching against the Giants.

Arroyo is also climbing up the record book among Reds pitchers.

With his win last night, Arroyo is now tied with Mario Soto at an even 100 wins as a Red, placing them in an 18th-place tie on the Reds all-time wins list. Next up for Bronson would be Bob Purkey who won 103 games as a Red from 1958-1964.

In posting 6 whiffs in last night’s game, Arroyo passed Paul Derringer and now sits 7th on the all-time strikeouts list with 1,063. Next in his sights: Aaron Harang with 1,125. To pass him, Bronson would need 63 more strikeouts. Considering he has 75 on the season, I can’t see him passing Harang in 2012.

And who honestly knows if Arroyo will ever pass Harang as we’re not sure that 2013 will be the last we see of Bronson in a Reds uniform.

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Topics: Bronson Arroyo, Cincinnati Reds

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