Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/7/12

Thursday night was the Reds' 56th game. They've used only five starting pitchers.

That's deepest the Reds gone into the season only using five since 1992.

"Well, that's the secret of any winning team," Reds manager Dusty Baker said before Thursday's 5-4, 10-inning loss to Pittsburgh. "You have a tremendous amount of depth and there isn't that much around, especially in the pitching department."

Bronson Arroyo, who has never missed a start at any level, thinks he's had some influence, particularly on Johnny Cueto and Homer Bailey, who missed time last year.

"Consciously or subconsciously, they've seen what I done over the years," Arroyo said. "I'm such routine freak. I listen to the same music in weight room. Stupid things, like carrying the same phone for the last seven years that everyone thinks is ridiculous. Those things can bleed off onto people.

"They say, 'Hey, this guy makes all his starts.' Also, it takes a little while to build a program that make you feel comfortable, when you throw your side, what do I like to eat at the ballpark, what supplements do I want to take, where do I sit when I chart the game. It takes a couple of years before you fall into a routine.

"There's no doubt in my mind it's made them more consistent and allowed them to toe the rubber every fifth day."

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