For the past eight seasons Bronson Arroyo wore a Reds uniform with significant success. Not only was the long haired singing and guitar wielding pitcher popular with fans, but he also posted a record of 105-94 and had five seasons with at least 14 victories (including 2010 when he had 17 wins).
Cincinnati elected not to bring Arroyo back for 2014 and he signed with Arizona as a free agent, where he currently holds a 4-3 record and 4.15 ERA.
A veteran of the game, Arroyo first reached the majors in 2000 and was considered a mentor not only by Leake, but many of the Reds players for the past several years. According to Reds Manager Bryan Price, who was the Reds’ pitching coach during Arroyo’s time on the team, “I think Bronson had a really positive influence on many of our pitchers, no one more than Mike.”
Mike Leake’s record of 2-4 so far this year is misleading, as he has been the victim of the Reds’ failure to produce offensively. Leake has pitched 10 starts in 2014 with an ERA of 2.79 (1.77 for his five starts this month).
Leake indicated that he has spoken with Arroyo regarding their upcoming duel, “He’s always been a little jokester, so he asked me if I was ready for the face off. He’s a good guy and I like him a lot.”
Both the Diamondbacks and the Reds are below the 500 hundred mark, so while the match-up is entertaining, the game is one both teams would really like to come away with a victory.