2012 Topps Heritage #039
Bronson Arroyo will take the mound today in search of his 12th victory of 2012. He has won 14 or more games in a season on five other occasions and barring injury or bad luck, should get to that point again by year's end.
The 35-year old veteran is on pace to eclipse the 200-inning mark for the seventh time in the last eight years -- he currently sits at 164 innings pitched. The only time with which he failed to pitch in 200 or more innings since 2005 was last season when he finished the campaign a mere one frame shy (199 IP).
Speaking of 2011, Arroyo has all but proved that the rough season he had last time around was merely a fluke. His numbers are much better in '12 and much more in line with his career averages. As it stands now, the golden-haired hurler is on par to establish new career-bests in K/BB (3.75) and BB/9 (1.5). His current ERA of 3.84 would be the lowest for him in a year since 2009 and his SO/9 would be the highest since 2008 (5.8).