Saturday, Aug 11, 2012, 4:05 PM EDT
TV: FSO-HD, CSC-HD; RADIO: WLW, WGN, WRTO; WEB: MLB.tv, Gameday Audio, Gameday
Sunny. Winds blowing from left to right field at 10-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 75.
When we last left Travis Wood, the Reds kind of didn't know what to do with him during September of last season. While we were decrying the fact that the Reds should have gotten a better read on him in preparation for the 2012 season, Walt Jocketty was making other plans. He sent Wood, Ronald Torreyes and Dave Sappelt for Sean Marshall. Despite Marshall's jitters against his former team yesterday, it's hard to say that trade hasn't done what the Reds needed it to. Torreyes is still just 19, but Sappelt would have stayed a deep cut in Louisville and Wood a long-reliever, at best.
Wood faces his former team for the first time today. I loved watching his near perfect game and gutsy performance in the 2010 playoffs (both against the Phillies), but he has a chance to start this year with the Cubs. Everyone wins. He'll go up against his former rotation mate.
Bronson, like much of the Reds' staff, has hit a rough patch. This isn't uncommon as the season lurches toward expanded rosters. To boot, the Reds continue to extend their franchise record for games using just five starters. You wouldn't expect the innings load to affect him, but I've stopped trying to guess at what will happen with Bronson Arroyo. After all, I figured there was a good chance Travis Wood would be starting in his spot at this point in the season.
||ERA (ERA+)||4.77 (84)
|Reliever||8/6||8/7||8/8||8/9||8/10||5 day totals|
|Aroldis Chapman||1.1, 20p||1.1 P, 20 pitches
|Sean Marshall||0.1, 8p||1.0, 25p||0.1, 14p
||1.2 IP, 47 pitches
|Jonathan Broxton||0.2, 23p||0.2, 21p||1.1 IP, 44 pitches|
|Logan Ondrusek||0.1, 9p||0.2, 13p||1.0 IP, 22 pitches
|Jose Arredondo||1.0, 21p||0.1, 11p||0.1, 6p
||1.2 IP, 38 pitches|
|Sam LeCure||1.2, 14p||0.2, 11p||0.2, 8p
||3.0 IP, 33 pitches|
|Alfredo Simon||0.0 IP, 0 pitches|
- It's been an inauspicious start to Jonathan Broxton's Reds' career, as he's given up 6 hits and 4 earned runs in 4.0 innings, with just 1 K. He could be shaking some rust from a few long lay-offs in July with the Royals. For whatever reason, his velocity has been down in his last 3 appearances, not touching high 90s like he was earlier in the season.