Last year after 4 starts, Bronson Arroyo took the mound in Pittsburgh with a 6.48 ERA and promptly threw 8 shutout innings, surrendering just 4 hits. Of course, his next start after that he gave up 9 runs in 1+ innings to Milwaukee and people wanted him out of the rotation or off the team. All this is to say that I'm not worried about Arroyo, but I'd sure like it if he went on a run of dominance here. Just like Harang, Arroyo either needs to help make the Reds a winner or help make himself valuable to a contender. I'm sure he'd much rather pitch for a championship team here in Cincinnati, but either way I hope to see Harang and Arroyo in the playoffs this fall.
I had a vision this morning of the Reds going 13-5 the rest of the month, but that was before I had looked at the schedule. The only teams the Reds play the rest of this month that are a game under .500 or better are the Cardinals (20-12 for 3 games) and Milwaukee (15-16 for 2 games). Otherwise, the Reds should be able to beat the Pirates (7 games), Braves (2 games), Indians (3 games), and Astros (1 game) the majority of the time. If they have any serious aspirations of making the playoffs, even if just as a wild card, they have to turn it on for the rest of the month. A 13-5 record over the last 18 would put them 9 games over to start June. After that, they can regroup and do it again for another 18. And so on and so on.
They're not a great team, but if they stay focused on small segments and play well for stretches, they could make something of this season. It has to start right now though. Tonight's the night.