The beat goes on for Edinson Volquez. Since Tommy John surgery he has control of his pitches only slightly better than Rick Ankiel, the Cardinals pitcher who totally lost control and forgot how to pitch after a successful rookie campaign. He is remembered for throwing 9 pitches to the back stop during a play off game.
Since Volquez has come back from Tommy John surgery, he has not been a pitcher that can sustain success. However, in the final 2 months of 2010 and the beginning of this year, Edinson has filled Reds fans and front office with hopes of what he could be if he regains his 2008 form.
So far those hopes and false promises have materialized into walk after walk given up by Volquez. He started tonight with walk after walk. After giving up four runs in the first inning, he had again left his club in a deep hole that it had to dig out of.
When Baker decided to give Volquez the ball for Game 1 of the NLDS vs. the Philadelphia Phillies, I was surprised but not shocked. He knows the dominant pitcher that Volquez can be and he hoped to see that pitcher in the opening game of the playoffs…long story short, he saw nothing dominant.
Veteran Phillies’ hitters did not chase Volquez fastball and his pitch count ran high as the Phillies methodically exposed him for exactly what he was: too inconsistent to win a playoff baseball game.
And even as I began to be ready to call for him to be one of the pitchers removed from the rotation when Bailey and Cueto come back, I saw the good in Edinson Volquez. He gave up 4 runs in the first inning, and shut the Astros out for his next four innings. How he was able to recover, I dont know. He suffered a similar fate on opening day where he gave up three runs in the first inning before settling down.
So if Bryan Price can figure out a way to fix Volquez’s wildness before the first inning, he may be worth the investment. If not, I’m not sure I would not rather see a rotation of Arroyo, Cueto, Wood, Bailey, and Leake.
I may be crazy but in my mind, Travis Wood is the pitcher that I would bet on to become the ace of this staff.
Tags: 2010 Reds Playoffs Alex Apple Blog Red Machine Bronson Arroyo Cincinnati Reds Dusty Baker Edinson Volquez Homer Bailey Houston Astros Johnny Cueto Mike Leake Milwaukee Brewers Philadelphia Phillies Reds Playoffs Travis Wood