6:40 PM EDT
Bronson Arroyo vs. Matt Cain
Reds collected another series win against the Pirates yesterday, going up 6-1 on the Buccos this young season, scoring 40 runs to the Pirates 24 (and half of those came in one game).
Today, the Reds welcome the scuffling Giants into town. San Francisco is 11-18 on the season and currently sit at the bottom of the NL West, which also features the San Diego Padres, so this is no easy feat for the Giants.
We’ve got a serious throwback pitching match-up. I mean, seriously, this would’ve been quite the duel in 2012.
Matt Cain will go for the Giants. He hasn’t pitched more than 90 innings in any season since 2013, and hasn’t finished with an ERA lower than four since the aforementioned 2012 season. The 32-year-old is off to a good start in 2017, however, owning a 2.30 ERA over five starts and 27.1 innings. He’s only given up more than one earned run in one start, his first. In the small sample, his peripherals seem to be pretty close to where they were back in his younger, better days. We’ll see if it can be sustained.
Bronson Arroyo is still old, but he actually was well enough to pitch a bullpen between starts, which is nice. He couldn’t even straighten his arm between starts the first few times out, so this is what progress looks like. He gave up four earned and four walks in four innings against the Cardinals his last time out.
This one starts at a weird time because there’s a concert after the game. At least, that’s the conclusion I’ve come to. Kaleo will be playing at GABP after the game.