My beloved Red Sox are at home this post season, watching the games and pounding beers.
One of the big problems for the Sox the last few years, especially 2011 when they fell just short, was a lack of starting pitching and someone at the back of the rotation who could go deep into games.
Meanwhile the Cincinnati Reds, who unlike Boston made it to the 2010 and 2012 post season, are getting good mileage out of Bronson Arroyo.
In his seven seasons with the Reds, Arroyo has given Cincy 200 or more innings six times.
The one time he came short? 2011, he went 199 innings.
Not every year has been great, but he has won 12 or more games in five of those years and can reach back and have a great performance from time to time.
A case in point? Last night’s 9-0 massacre of the Giants in Game 2 of the Division Series. The Reds took control of the series with Arroyo on the mound.
He threw 7 innings of shutout ball, letting up one hit, walking one and striking out four, preventing any Giants rallies.
Man the Red Sox could have used a pitcher like that.
They HAD him. And right before the 2006 season after he signed a sweet heart extension, the Red Sox traded him to the Reds for Wily Mo Pena.
I called up XM Radio to complain about the trade when it happened, I always hated the trade and I hate it more now.
The Reds got a good innings eating pitcher who gives them flashes of brilliance for seven years and two division titles and the Red Sox got a crappy fourth outfielder for a year and a half.
FYI, while the Reds are probably on their way to the NLCS, Pena has played 39 games in the majors since 2008 and spent last year with the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks of the Japan Pacific League.
I bet the Red Sox can resign him at a good price.
I hope he watched the game last night.