Bronson Arroyo- CIN- Cold- After two solid starts, Arroyo regressed in a big way, allowing 9 hits and 3 walks in 5 IP that led to 5 runs (3 earned). It could be a matter of fatigue as he had more than 110 pitches in both of those previous starts. Check his next outing and if he bounces back after yesterday’s 99-pitch start, figure that he was tired and pay attention to his future pitch counts.
Clint Barmes- COL- Hot- Barmes has filled in quite nicely for the injured Troy Tulowitzki. After going 2-for-4 with a homer last night his batting average stands at .361. Barmes has a .294 BHIPx working in his favor, but his Batting EYE of .50 exceeds even that of his best season so far, 2005, when he had a .44 mark. So far Barmes is putting together the production he had back in 2005 and then some.
Tim Redding- WAS- Hot- Redding has 4 quality starts in his last five and yesterday was the best of the lot, raising his record to 6-3 and lowering his ERA to 3.16. He shut out the Phillies for 6-1/3 IP on 7 hits and 2 walks while striking out 2. Redding ahs been getting a lot of assistance from luck, owning a .211 BHIP% before last night. This puts big doubts as to whether he can continue his success.
Carlos Marmol- CHN- Hot- Marmol picked up his 12th hold of the season and if your league counts them, he is a prime producer. His ERA of 1.55 and WHIP of 0.66 are helped by a BHIP% of .185, but he has had below average numbers there in the past two years, so it may not be totally luck. Marmol is a valuable setup guy at this point.
Brian Moehler- HOU- Stats- Moehler has been pitching like a reliever thrown into the rotation. His effectiveness decreases the longer he is in the game. Breaking Moehler’s batting average against by ranges of 15 pitches, hitters are batting .258 against him in his first 15 pitches, .300 in pitches 16-30, .333 in pitches 31-45, .417 in pitches 46-60, and .462 in pitches 61-75. Last night he needed 95 pitches to get through 5 IP, in which he gave up 3 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks while striking out only 1. So far he has yet to adapt successfully to his new role.