Bronson Arroyo(notes) entered his last start needing 18 innings to reach 200 for the seventh consecutive year. After a brilliant effort in that game, the right-hander has given himself a chance to accomplish the feat.
Arroyo (9-12, 5.09 ERA) has struggled this year due largely to his inability to keep the ball in the park. Going into Wednesday’s start against Houston, he was 0-2 with a 7.84 ERA over his previous four outings while allowing 10 homers, bringing his major league-worst total to 44.
Arroyo, however, threw a six-hitter to beat the Astros 2-0 for his second victory in 15 starts. He’ll need a similar effort to keep his 200-inning streak going.
“People were talking about taking him out of the rotation so he didn’t break the home run record,” manager Dusty Baker said. “I’m glad for him. It’s been a tough year for him. He’s a man. He competes as hard as any player I’ve been around. I wouldn’t bet against him getting his 200 innings.”
Given his success in New York, Arroyo seems to have a shot at reaching the mark. He is 5-1 with a 1.44 ERA in his last six road games against the Mets, pitching three complete games in that span.
“I’ve said my whole career, I’d like to come in one day and have the manager tell me I have nine innings, even if I give up 14 runs,” Arroyo said. “Durability is the mark of a starting pitcher.”
New York, which swept a four-game set at Cincinnati (78-82) in July, fell 6-5 on Monday despite another big effort from Jose Reyes(notes). The shortstop went 3 for 4 with a run and two RBIs to raise his average to .334 - tied with Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun(notes) for the NL lead.
Reyes, though, made a baserunning blunder in the eighth inning that cost the Mets a chance to tie the score.
“I don’t care about batting titles right now because we lost the game and I made a mistake running the bases and that cost us the game,” he said.
The Mets (76-84) will look to regroup behind Chris Capuano(notes) (11-12, 4.55), who yielded four runs in 4 2-3 innings of an 8-6 comeback win at St. Louis on Thursday. The left-hander is surely looking forward to getting back home, where he’s gone 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA over his last three starts - the first of them a two-hitter versus Atlanta on Aug. 26.
Capuano earned the victory despite allowing six runs in 5 1-3 innings of a 10-9 win at Great American Ball Park on July 28. He has posted a 7.50 ERA in his last four outings against the Reds.