CINCINNATI As the Cincinnati Reds creep closer and closer toward the National League Central championship, the question most asked by fans is: "Who will be the Reds starting pitchers, because they don't need five?"
For sure, they need three, and maybe four, and it is dead, solid perfect that No. 1 will be 17-game winner Johnny Cueto and No. 2 will be 12-game winner Mat Latos.
And No. 3?
That should be obvious, especially to anybody paying close attention lately to the deeds of righthander Bronson Arroyo.
The 35-year-old Arroyo is the oldest player in terms of service on the roster, having arrived from Boston in the spring of 2006 for the meager cost of outfielder Wily Mo Pena.
When he beat the Houston Astros Saturday night, 5-1, giving up seven hits in seven innings, it pushed his record to 12-7. More importantly, since July 21 Arroyo is 8-1 in 10 starts.
That isn't uncommon for the 6-4, 193-pounder. Despite his pencil-thin stature Arroyo nearly always starts the season at a ...