Arroyo's day vs. Phils
Bronson Arroyo’s numbers from his second start of spring, also his second start vs. the Phillies:
3 1/3 IN, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2K, 2 HR
The homers came from Geoff Jenkins’ solo shot to right field with a 1-0 count and two outs in the second inning. Ryan Howard went deep to right field on a full-count pitch leading off the fourth.
Here’s an unfiltered account what Arroyo had to say after he came out:
“I really didn’t feel nearly as good as I felt the last time. The mound here was bothering me a little bit. It was almost like a flat mound. It didn’t have much tilt to it. On top of that, I didn’t feel that strong. You feel little weak and try to throw on a flat mound, and you feel like you’re throwing uphill a little bit. My command and stuff was OK but everything felt very soft. I didn’t have much zip on anything. I just wanted to get through the day and not get killed.”
On the homers:
“The wind was blowing out. Both of those balls weren’t hit very good. Jenkins, I’m not sure but it sounded like he hit it off the end of the bat. I threw him a sinker. Howard’s just got enough of it and he hit it really high. Other than that, I was happy with how it turned out.”
Arroyo, who exited with a 3-2 lead, has a 5.06 ERA through 5 1/3 innings of work and that doesn’t count his four scoreless innings vs. the Netherlands. Obviously, it’s too small of a sample size to gauge anything yet.
Just for fun, does anyone have a win total and innings prediction for Arroyo in 2009?