I'm dropping Coco Crisp and adding Bronson Arroyo to boost my HR totals

Holy shit!

Last Wednesday (April 5th) right-handed starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo hit himself a home run in his first at-bat of the game (the 3rd inning), later getting a sacrifice bunt in the 4th and a walk in the 5th. Not bad, not bad at all. A 1.000 on-base-percentage. A 4.000 slugging percentage. You know what that means?

Bronson Arroyo, had I had him batting in my fantasy team that day, would have had 1 home run, 1 RBI, and a 5.000 OPS...for a pitcher.

So if that wasn't enough, what did I just see watching the Cubs-Red game?

Bronson Arroyo's second home run of the season.

That puts Arroyo, who also this season posted a win with 7 strikeouts and a 0.90 WHIP (though a 4.05 ERA) in 6.2 innings, with more home runs on the season (as of the morning of April 11th), than (homerun totals are 2006,2005):

  • Michael Young, TEX (1,24)
  • Richie Sexson, SEA (1,39)
  • Vladamir Guererro, LAA (1,32)
  • Aramis Ramirez, CHC (1,31)
  • Jason Bay, PIT (1,32)
  • David Ortiz, BOS (1,47)
  • Paul Konerko, CWS (1,40)
  • Manny Ramirez, BOS (0,45)
  • Jason Giambi, NYY (0,32)
  • Mark Teixeira, TEX (0,43)
And others, who I didn't bother looking up. These are some of the more glaring ones. (To be fair, Giambi homered today already).

So is Bronson Arroyo on pace for 46 home runs this season? Unlikely. His first home run was at Wrigley Field facing off against Glendon Rusch. His second home run was at Wrigley Field facing off against...Glendon Rusch. Uh, Dusty Baker? Maybe lets not have Rusch pitching the same game against Arroyo ever again.

Update, 1:25pm: Arroyo just grounded to 3rd base, ending his incredible hitting streak against the Cubbies. Again, he's a freaking pitcher.