I have Arroyo (picked him up last week)....and he is battling the flu today, and hasn't started for so long, and he's facing a hot Toronto offense, so I figured nothing good could come out of today so I benched him.
Yeah, it definitely is not cool to see 8 IP, 6 Ks, 0.0 ERA, and 0.38 WHIP sitting on my bench. I could have REALLY used a good outting.
Oh well, even though it would have been somewhat self satisfying to see him blow up, deep down I'm happy he's on my roster after seeing today's game. I think he'll be the 5th starter for a while after today.
I don't think the Red Sox have any confidence in Kim at this point. The fans hate him. I could see a trade with Oakland in the offing. Theo and Billy are on good terms and Oakland could use someone in the bullpen.
Roger Angell: I was talking with Bob Gibson and I said: 'Are you always this competitive?' He said: 'Oh, I think so. I got a three-year old daughter, and I've played about 500 games of tic-tac-toe with her and she hasn't beat me yet.'
I kind of like Arroyo, and think the Pirates made a mistake cutting him loose. He's got excellent control, a live enough fastball, and a nice hook. 83-44, 3.80 lifetime in the bushes is not bad at all, and he showed well last season in a handful of relief appearances for the Red Sox. The fact that he walks very few batters is a big plus from a WHIP standpoint, in that while he's likely to have plenty of 6 IP, 4 ER types of outings, he won't murder your WHIP in those starts. Nice deep league or AL only stab.
As for Kim, he's history in Boston. He was on shaky ground after his late '03 meltdown, and his reaction to being demoted to Pawtucket was likely the finish. He'll be traded a.s.a.p. and I suspect the Sox don't care what they get in return.
by FF Newb but Lovin it » Sun May 16, 2004 9:17 am
I have watched him pitch...I really like the guy. He is young so he might hang one over the plate...but he is a guy you want on the mound. Think of how much Derek Lowe need to have everything working for him.....if one double play ball gets through...or he is pitching a few days later then he was supposed to etc. the guy struggles. Arroyo...just shrugs it off like good pitcher should and starts on the next batter. I like this guy a lot and I think he would be great for a keep em league. And I think he is good for 10+ team leagues as a number 5 pitcher.
The game I saw him last year was the game the sox could have clenched a playoff birth. Mr Burkett gave up some ungodly amount of runs in the first inning. Arroyo came into a VERY hostile Boston crowd and pitched very well. Then he did what he did againct the yankees. For a number five guy, that is very nice to have a tough young kid on the mound like that.
If someone hadn't swooped him up I would have grabbed him.