The Cincinnati Reds have spent the last 10 games on the road, going 5-5 over their road trip. They returned home Monday to face
the Atlanta Braves. A team that started off the season on fire and has since cooled off a little. Monday night in Cincinnati though the Braves heated up a little.
Bronson Arroyo took the mound for the Reds, Arroyo has been a workhorse for the club over the last few seasons, unfortunately early in the season so far he has been shaky at best. A pitcher that used to be the ace of the staff is now the third or honestly the fourth best pitcher on the staff. Arroyo was shaky Monday night again, usually this season Arroyo starts shaky but gains control as the game goes on. That didn’t happen tonight his line reads as followed 5.0IP, 8H, 4ER. Not a stellar night for the veteran.
The offense tonight made contact, recording 9 hits against a solid pitching staff from Atlanta. Choo continued his lead off assault at home getting on base twice. Joey Votto continued to emerge from his “slump” can we officially stop it with the Votto slump talk? A .321 BA is great. Bruce on the other hand continues to slump, he will get it figured out sooner or later just a waiting game at the moment.
The Reds send Homer Bailey to the mound tomorrow to face Kris Medlen from the Braves.
On a side note ESPN dropped Cincinnati to 12th in the power rankings, makes so much sense…