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Sunday, March 03, 2013
Bronson Arroyo spent most of the spring losing an argument with a flu virus and made his debut Saturday against the Chicago White Sox.
“He’ll probably get hit hard today like most veterans do their first time out,” said Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker. “I remember (Hall of Famer) Don Sutton used to get hit hard, real hard. Rich Reuschel got hit hard.”
WHEN THE SEASON begins, it is a rare day when Arroyo gets beat up and he is as reliable as a BMW starting in the morning.
“To me, he is more reliable than anybody in baseball,” said Baker. That’s because Arroyo has started 323 games without missing a start and has pitched 200 or more innings seven of the last eight years and the year he missed he pitched 199.
“His is a quiet reliability because he doesn’t have the Justin Verlander stuff, doesn’t have the strikeouts. I’ll take his usual 15 wins and 200 innings any time,” said Baker. “And when he gets on a roll, well, he can get on a roll as good as anybody.”
Posted: March 03, 2013 at 09:13 AM | 64 comment(s)
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