Bronson Arroyo seems to have waken up a bit since the 1-inning, 9-run shellacking he received from the Milwaukee Brewers back on May 6th. Since that start, he's averaged over 7 innings pitched per start with a 3.32 ERA. The Reds are only 3-3 in those starts though as the offense has failed to score more than 3 runs in 4 of the 6 games. It's becoming a common theme with this team, don't you think?
You may remember Kyle Davies from when he pitched for Atlanta from 2005-2007. He has faced the Reds three times previously, but that doesn't really matter since this roster has been almost completely turned over since then. Willy Taveras is batting .500 against Davies though, so there's that. (Yes, it is in only 2 AB). Davies hasn't been all that effective this season, but with the Reds at the plate, does it really matter?
I want to re-emphasize how important it is that the Reds take 2 of 3 in this series. If they want to be considered a legit contender, they can't be losing to last place teams.