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Volquez Gets Opening Day Nod

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Today, Reds skipper Dusty Baker tabbed Edinson Volquez as the Opening Day starter against the Milwaukee Brewers on March 31. I kind of thought it might go the way of Johnny Cueto. And I know that Bronson Arroyo has said he would take the ball if asked. Never came down to that.

I have zero issue with Dusty’s decision. Not like that matters, but selecting Volquez is almost the same as picking Cueto. That’s who I was looking to put my money on. They’re almost the same style of pitcher. There’s a difference or two, but pretty much the same. And Baker recognizes that.

To further the last point. Here’s Dusty’s mindset on the whole issue. Via Mark Sheldon.

"“You want to go hard, soft, hard,” Baker said about the style of his pitchers. “You want to break up Cueto and Volquez because you don’t want them to out and out radar gun each other.”"

Arroyo would have been a popular choice. Very popular, but Dusty took many aspects of the decision into consideration.

"“I think Bronson has always leaned towards not being it. He’s more of a long-run type of guy. What’s Bronson’s ERA, [3.88]? If you’re facing No. 1’s, that equals a lot of losses. He’s fine with it. I talked to him about it. He was thinking about it this winter, he feels it’s best spot in the rotation for him too.”"

Seems kind of strange that someone would think Arroyo wouldn’t want the fanfare of starting Opening Day, but Dusty opens everyone’s eyes to the situation. Arroyo is thinking long-term, not one game. That should give all Reds fans a pause. Thinking big picture here, not just March 31st.

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