Saturday, September 17, 2011

Quotes & Notes: Arroyo, Fielder, & More

  • Bronson Arroyo regarding his below-average season: "It could be age,” he said. “It could be innings on my arm. It could be having mono in spring training. It could be a million things. You take it one day at a time. You contemplate this offseason trying to make some adjustments to get you body to rebound any way you can. I’m obviously going to have to do something to try not to duplicate this season.”
  • Dusty Baker on the Reds being officially eliminated from playoff contention: “It is what it is. You’ve still got to play. We’ve got games on schedule you’ve got to play them and play them to win."
  • Ryan Braun on becoming the 2nd player in Brewers history with 30 HR & 30 SB in a season: "I'm really proud. There's a reason it's only been done one other time in franchise history. It's a hard thing to do."
  • Prince Fielder on the outlook of clinching the division: "We'd been playing so well. Unfortunately it (the slump) happened at the time we were trying to separate really far. We're still in good position, though. There's no need to panic, in my opinion."
  • Matt Maloney will take the injured Johnny Cueto's spot in the rotation next Monday for at least one turn. “They told me yesterday. I’m happy I’m getting an opportunity to start. I was feeling good about how I was throwing in Louisville. I was throwing the ball well. Hopefully I can carry it over to here. I’m real excited about getting the opportunity again.”
  • As pointed out by Hal McCoy of the Dayton Daily News, if the team charged Arroyo for every homerun ball he's given up this year (44) he would owe the team $1,188 (plus tax) at a price of $27 per ball. He's only six dingers shy of the all-time single season record set by Minnesota's Berty Blyleven in 1986.
  • Game two is slated for 7:10 PM ET on Saturday. It'll be Yovani Gallardo (16-10, 3.66 ERA) versus Cincinnati's opening day starter Edinson Volquez (5-5, 5.80 ERA).

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