=====Game 2 Review=====
Waiting for the hopeful conclusion of the NLDS Reds-Giants series tonight, there’s a number of noteworthy articles around the interwebs on Bronson Arroyo’s masterful performance on Sunday:
– Fangraphs says that the Giants got Arroyo’d. The article provides several still images showing his varying arm angles and a pitch speed table showing that Arroyo hit every speed on the gun from 69 to 90 at least once.
– ESPN Stats and Info focused on Arroyo’s pitch location. Arroyo threw 62.6% of his pitches on the outer third of the plate or away. Giants hitters were 0-for-15 in at-bats ending with a pitch in that location.
– ESPN’s SweetSpot compared Arroyo’s approach and results to left-handed batters in 2012 to 2011.
“I had this one kid give me a sweatshirt that said, `The Year of the 12,” said manager Dusty Baker, who wears the uniform number. “He gave it to me in spring training. I believe in that. I’m only going to see one `12 while I’m living. It’s a special year. I just feel that it’s our year.”
Over his last 7 starts, Homer Bailey has a 1.85 ERA with a 0.74 WHIP, .463 opponent OPS, 1.7 BB/9, 8.9 K/9, & 0.7 HR/9. This includes 3 starts at GABP. Bailey faced the Giants once this year, back on April 26th in GABP against tonight’s starter, Ryan Vogelsong. Bailey was in line for the win after tossing 6.1 IP and allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 7 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 6. He threw just 86 pitches, 59 for strikes. It was Sean Marshall’s first blown save of the season, back when he was still the closer, as he allowed a 3-run homerun in the 9th inning to Angel Pagan.
=====Reds Media Day=====
There are a handful of videos from the Reds media day yesterday at GABP. Stay hungry my friends: