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It’s bombs away off Bronson Arroyo

Sep 16, 2011, 8:06 PM EDT

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The Brewers have already hit three homers in three innings off Bronson Arroyo, with Prince Fielder going deep in the second and Mark Kotsay and Ryan Braun delivering back-to-back shots in the third.  That makes 43 homers allowed by Arroyo this season.

Arroyo is now tied for sixth on the all-time single-season homers allowed list:

1. Bert Blyleven: 50 (271 2/3 IP, 1986 Twins)
2. Jose Lima: 48 (196 1/3 IP, 2000 Astros)
3. Bert Blyleven: 46 (267 IP, 1987 Twins)
3. Robin Roberts: 46 (297 1/3 IP, 1956 Phillies)
5. Jamie Moyer: 44 (202 IP, 2004 Mariners)
6. Bronson Arroyo: 43 (178 2/3 IP, 2011 Reds)
6. Eric Milton: 43 (201 IP, 2004 Phillies)
6. Pedro Ramos: 43 (231 IP, 1957 Senators)
9. Denny McLain: 42 (264 1/3 IP, 1966 Tigers)
10. Rick Helling: 41 (219 1/3 IP, 1999 Rangers)
10. Phil Niekro: 41 (342 IP, 1979 Braves)
10. Robin Roberts: 41 (305 IP, 1955 Phillies)

Blyleven (in both cases), Niekro, Helling and Roberts (in the latter case) all had good seasons while giving up all those homers.  Arroyo’s season, though, is right there with Lima’s for the worst on the list.  Lima was 7-16 with a 6.65 ERA in a high-offense era.  Arroyo has a 5.39 ERA at the moment.

On a per-inning bases, Lima’s 2000 season above is the only one that ranks above Arroyo as far as home run rate.  Arroyo is giving up .241 homers per inning.  Lima allowed .244.

Update: Arroyo stayed in until the seventh and gave up one more homer, that to George Kottaras.  It gave him 44 for the season, leaving him tied for fifth place all-time.

  1. contraryguy - Sep 16, 2011 at 8:20 PM

    jumping the gun? Arroyo’s still on the mound… night is still young… could make top 5 tonight.

  2. contraryguy - Sep 16, 2011 at 8:30 PM

    bottom of the 5th, Arroyo’s batting for himself. Records may yet fall.

    don’t get me wrong, I’m a Reds fan but those Eric Milton seasons are still fresh in memory (after that 43 homer year the Reds picked him up and Milton gave up 40 dingers the next year).

  3. contraryguy - Sep 16, 2011 at 8:58 PM

    Arroyo pulled after giving up #4 tonight. Tied with Moyer now. Dusty must’ve woken from his periodic coma long enough to figure out what inning it was.

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