It's been a typical up-and-down Goodroyo/Badroyo month for Bronson. After starting the month with 21 innings of 3-run baseball, he was tagged for 7 runs in 5.2 innings by the Nationals. He then came back in his last start and pitched a 3-run 8-inning complete game. He's also earned a decision in his past 8 starts, so that's kinda useless. He's started 11 games against the Braves in his career and given up 14 homers. /tugs collar.
Jair Jurrjens is quite a bit like the Reds' starter of yesterday evening, Johnny Cueto. They are both 24 and in their 3rd year in the bigs, their first names both start with J, and they have similar BB and K rates. So why is Jurrjens career ERA about a run better? Home runs. Jurrjens' HR/FB is a mere 6.9%, while Johnny's is 11%. I think as Johnny's gopheritis clears up, as it has this year, we could have a nice 4 WAR pitcher on our hands, like Jurrjens has been the past few years. Jurrjens won't reach those heights this year though as he sat out May and June with a hamstring injury.
It's a big day down at the ol' ball orchard today as the trade deadline runs right up to game time. It'll be another packed house this afternoon as Homer Bailey bobbleheads will be plentiful and cheap. There's a slight chance of rain this evening, though it looks like it's heading north here to Columbus and shouldn't stop the Reds from woodshedding the Braves. They so totally deserve it.