Re: Reds Player Of The Month (April 2006)
I voted Bronson Arroyo.
His BABIP numbers suggest he's getting lucky -- but watching him pitch is a little revealing on this subject, as he seems to be inducing awful contact from hitters. That suggests to me, anecdotally, that he's really on his game and that his BABIP might be more a combination of luck and excellent stuff, as opposed to outright luck that some pitchers get with "at 'em" balls and sharp liners that the defense bails them out on.
His K/9 numbers are much more in line with previous seasons in his career, so as of right now the debtate of 2004 v. 2005 Bronson seems to be indicating 2005 Arroyo was the aberration -- but it's still a little early to make that determination.
However, it's worth mentioning that tonight's start at the GABP will be only Bronson's 2nd start at home. His previous outing at home was good, but slightly less dominant than he's been on the road in Milwaukee and Washtington (6.2 IP, 5R, 3ER, 2 HR, 7K). How he pitches at home will dictate, greatly, the kind of season Arroyo has.
Still, the question is who had the best April, and there's no question that player is Bronson Arroyo. Honorable mentions to Dunn, Phillips and Easy E.
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