Strangely, I find myself looking forward to Arroyo's starts every week. He's been pitching so well lately that I like the idea of feeling like at least the pitcher gives the Reds a chance to win that night. It's only 80 innings, but putting up a 2.14 ERA over 11 starts is still a great thing to see. And Arroyo has gone at least 6 innings in 10 of those 11 starts, so he hasn't really even killed the bullpen since his disaster in Toronto. Speaking of which, Arroyo has a 3.19 ERA in the 30 starts combined following his two June 24th Toronto blow ups each of the last 2 seasons. I don't know what he's on - he probably doesn't either - but maybe he should get on it earlier in the year (or go to Canada before the season starts to pick up a new supply).
Jason Hammel was acquired by the Rockies at the start of the season from the Tampa Bay Rays and it's turned out to be a pretty good pick-up by Colorado. He's posted a 3.76 ERA since the start of August and has pitched into the 6th inning or later in 15 of his last 18 starts. The good news is that the current Reds who have previously faced him have posted a 1.000/1.000/1.500 line against him (Scott Rolen is 1-1 with a double, Wladimir Balentien is 1-1 with a single). You know he sees those numbers and is concerned about facing tonight's lineup!
The Reds have lost 7-straight to the Rockies and 12 of their last 13. However, the Reds are 71-69 all-time against the team from Denver, and with 2 games left between the teams this season, that's reason enough to try to win one, don't you think?