Originally Posted by Kc61
What are the keys to improved starting pitching by the Reds this coming season?
Obviously, everyone needs to pitch well, but which pitcher or pitchers should be monitored most closely.
To me, the answer is undoubtedly Bronson Arroyo. Thing is, he pitches so many innings that a bad season has a huge impact on the ballclub. Last year he did poorly but pitched, as I recall, 199 innings.
If Bailey pitches poorly the Reds won't likely leave him out there every fifth day. I think it would be an upset if Cueto, Latos, or Leake bombs out this season. Bronson remains a key.
Arroyo's contract is a factor. The Reds have seemed unwilling to remove from the rotation pitchers, like Harang in the past, and Arroyo, even when not performing.
There is of course reason to expect Arroyo to do better this year, most notably his health, which should be better.
But, even after all the changes, the Reds need a decent season from Bronson to succeed. They can't afford 200 innings of pitching like Arroyo's of last season.
You answered your own question and I expect over 100 more answers that sound just about like yours.
We all hope he gets it together but if he doesn't I do wonder if the Reds will actually let Bronson get to his normal 200 IP in 2012.I know ERA isn't a very popular stat around here but with Arroyo it's a little more relavent considering we just need him to be good this year and personally I could care less how his numbers this coming season project his future worth.With the innings he pitches I'll take a ERA under 4.50.I don't think that will kill the Reds.