Even when the Reds' best healthy pitcher had his worst day, the Reds were able to pull out a relatively easy win against the Milwaukee Brewers. Thanks to a thirteen run output on Saturday, the Reds will spend Mother's Day attempting to sweep the second NL Central Division team in as many weeks. Of course, the Reds will also attempt to win a second consecutive Mother's Day game after Joey Votto's dramatic dismantling of the Washington Nationals last year.
Here's to hoping that the Reds' pitching substantially improves after each starting pitcher has gone through a turn in the rotation without providing a quality start. Answering that call today will be Bronson Arroyo, who has gone winless since April 15 and has been somewhat roughed up in his three previous starts. Bronson's opposing this afternoon will be Wily Peralta. The 24 year-old rookie has had mixed success in his first full major league season, sporting a 3-2 record and a 5.5.54 ERA. However, those numbers only provide part of the sort. After a terrible outing against the terrible Cardinals, Peralta, in his last start, went 6 innings and gave up 2 runs against a very good Texas Rangers offense. In his one start against the Reds in 2012, Peralta went 5.1 innings against the Reds, giving up 0 earned in a 2-1 hard luck loss against the good guys.
This series against the Brewers has brought us quality defense and strong offense. All that's left to show off is our starting pitching prowess. So, um, get at that, Bronson. Let all the lovely mothers in the stands see what Goodroyo can do for them. You know all the love Joey Votto got last year on Mother's Day? Imagine how you'll be treated if you pitch a complete game two-hit shutout. City leaders won't be talking about bringing the Delta Queen back to Cincinnati, they'll be lobbying for a place to permanently moor the Nasty Hook.
Go Reds, they're my favorite team!
|Reliever||5/7||5/8||5/9||5/10||5/11||5 day totals|
|Aroldis Chapman||-||1.0, 20p||1.0 IP, 20 pitches
|Jonathan Broxton||1.0, 13p||-||1.0, 13p||2.0 IP, 26 pitches|
|Sam LeCure||2.0, 18p||-||1.0, 24p||3.0 IP, 42 pitches
|J.J. Hoover||1.0, 21p||-||1.0 IP, 13p||2.0 IP, 34 pitches
|Logan Ondrusek||-||2.0 IP, 31p||2.0 IP, 31 pitches
|Sean Marshall||1.0, 13p||0.0, 4p||-||1.0 IP, 17 pitches|
|Alfredo Simon||1.0, 14p||-||2.0, 44p||
3.0 IP, 38 pitches