Arroyo: ‘Yeah, it’s totally frustrating’
The Reds have scored two runs or less in five of their seven losses since the All-Star break. Wednesday fit the desciption of lackluster in every manner during an 8-2 loss to the Mets.
A team that was first in runs during the first half, came into tonight 11th in runs in the second half. The Reds are 5-7 since the break and at 50-54, a season-high four games under .500.
“Obviously the team hasn’t had a long winning streak in such a long time,” starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo said. “Yeah, it’s totally frustrating – not just for myself but for the whole ballclub. There’s nothing else to do but come in tomorrow and have a good attitude about playing the game. The further and further it goes in games like this and series like this, it definitely becomes a little harder to be optimistic about the mood of the team.”
Mets starter Mike Pelfrey, who came in with a 5-9 record and 4.73 ERA stuffed the Reds for a complete game. Cincinnati only had three runners in scoring position all night.
“Not a whole bunch to say. They beat us up pretty good,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said.
*Baker wonders if there is a health concern with Arroyo after another poor outing. Arroyo finished with five runs (four earned) and seven hits allowed over six innings with three walks and three strikeouts. He’s allowed at least four runs in each of his last six starts, including his most recent victory on June 25 at Baltimore. He is 7-9 with a 5.58 ERA.
“We have to discuss it and find out if indeed there is something wrong,” Baker said. “We don’t know at this point. Everybody is a little banged up. It just depends how banged up somebody is. Hopefully we’ll get a truthful answer from Bronson.”
Arroyo claimed that his health was currently fine. His 30 homers allowed eclipsed last season’s total of 29 and left him one shy of his career high.
“I felt pretty good. I’m just not getting it done,” Arroyo said. “I feel better now than I did two months ago. Pitching performances — not to say I’ve been throwing the ball well — you win a ballgame 5-4 and it looks OK. You lose the ballgame 5-0 and it looks terrible. The mediocre outings look even worse, especially tonight.”
*I didn’t address this from the pregame blog, but Baker certainly noticed the Cardinals big trade that sent Colby Rasmus to Toronto and brought in starter Edwin Jackson, right-handed reliever Octavio Dotel, left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski and outfielder Corey Patterson.
“There’s some level of frustration in here because the the rich teams get richer at this time of year,” Baker said. “They usually do something this time of year. They usually did something when Walt [Jocketty] was there.”
*After getting the night out of the lineup Monday, Joey Votto is 4-for-8 with two home runs. He hit homer No. 15 to left field in the fourth inning against Pelfrey.
“I don’t know if it becomes more urgent because you can’t win two games in one day. All you can do is play each one out. You’re not capable of doing more than you can. You go out there, prepare and play the game hard…I don’t know if it’s urgent or any kind of panicking. It definitely becomes hard to be optimistic about the thing as a whole.” — Bronson Arroyo
“He threw the ball well tonight. He threw strikes, got ahead. We just couldn’t muster much other than Joey and a couple of other hits.” — Dusty Baker on Mike Pelfrey