We know the story. His second half is always better than his 1st. He's a party guy. He'd rather play guitar and sing than play ball. At least that's how he is portrayed.
I see something different. I see a guy that knows this is his last year as a Red. I see a guy that has been durable, coming off his best half season ever and doing his best to follow it up. I see a guy playing for his next contract.
This can only be a good thing for the Reds.
If the Reds are out of it, and Bronson is Good Arroyo for the first half, he's worth a small mint. If the Reds are in it, he's a horse that can protect the bullpen, and likely a big reason why they are in it. I truly think this will be his career best season. No rose colored glasses. I see a man playing for his next payday, and he wants it to be a big one. The Arroyo I saw on the mound yesterday was an ace. plain and simple. He willed everything into that game, even at the plate. He was, in a word, a stopper.
For all the talk of Leake, Chapman and Wood, this season hinges on Arroyo and Harang. BA has shown up. Aaron usually does well against the Cubs, hopefully it will jumpstart his season.