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Volquez looks stellar in debut, Reds in good shape?

Jul 18, 2010, 9:51 AM EDT

The Reds, as a franchise, have enjoyed quite a breakout season.  Usually an afterthought by mid-June, they currently hold a half-game lead in the National League Central over the heavily favored Cardinals.  To boot, they’re even selling out games at Great American Ballpark in July.

Drew Stubbs has developed into a multi-talented threat at the top of the lineup with 17 stolen bases, 13 home runs and 46 RBI in 300 at-bats, Jay Bruce is finally showing better plate discipline, Joey Votto is leading all National Leaguers in OPS and rookie Mike Leake is 6-1 with a 3.53 ERA over his first 17 big league starts.  Now let’s add Edinson Volquez to the mix.

Volquez underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in August of 2009 and has spent the last year or so rehabbing.  On Saturday night in Cincinnati he made his 2010 debut against the Rockies and absolutely shut them down

Volquez tossed six strong innings and allowed only one earned run as the Reds snagged an 8-1 victory and held off the hard-charging Cards for one more day.  He struck out nine batters, allowed only three hits and issued only two walks.

It should come as no surprise, really, that Volquez looked so dominant.  He was excellent on a four-game rehab assignment prior to Saturday’s big debut, and he posted a 3.21 ERA and 201 strikeouts over 196 innings back in 2008, his first year with the Reds.  Now he’ll look to lift the club to its first playoff berth since 1995.

  1. alterity - Jul 18, 2010 at 11:43 AM

    do i smell a Rookie of the Year Award in his future?

  2. pundyveit - Jul 18, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    Probably not, considering the 196 innings he pitched in 2008, his rookie year. But he did come in 4th in the ROY voting THAT year!

  3. HOLLA(R) - Jul 18, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    He missed too much time with the injury to be considered this year. Next year, however, he’s got to be the early leader.

  4. Paul2k - Jul 18, 2010 at 2:20 PM

    I wanted to point out that Drew Stubbs has been relegated to the bottom third of the order since his abysmal first month…he isn’t developing his multi-dimensional talents at the top of the batting order.
    Also, while his double digit hrs and steals are nice, he’s still very streaky, is struggling to hit for average, k’s a LOT and doesn’t walk enough to make up for his poor BA. Not quite a developed threat, but certainly a developing one.

  5. Trumpet - Jul 18, 2010 at 8:38 PM

    But you left out the fact he tested postive for Steroids….and in my opinion, he shouldn’t even be able to play this year, because his suspetion went along with his injury recovery time, how does that seem fair?

  6. Professor Dave - Jul 18, 2010 at 9:04 PM

    Doesn’t Travis Wood, even as a 5th pitcher, have to enter this equation now? Another great start by the kid.

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