Never thought I'd utter these words, but Arroyo has become a real favorite of mine. I am too lazy to go check this out, and my assumption might even be way off, but I'd love to see what Arroyo's record/ERA is this year immediately following a loss--- I have a feeling it would be impressive.
I think he is one of those players that always performs above his numbers. His numbers are somewhat middling, but I view him as an above-average to good member of any rotation. He tends to get absolutely shelled on his bad nights which skews his overall stat line, but more often than not, Arroyo gives the team what it needs.
You hear about "pitching to contact" all the time, but I think Arroyo "pitches to situation" as well as anyone. He seems to be able to adapt to the type of game at hand.... tonight we didn't have much margin for error and he was excellent.
Hats off to Arroyo...