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Volstad working on lengthy scoreless innings streak

Sep 26, 2010, 9:53 AM EDT

Marlins right-hander Chris Volstad opened the 2010 season firmly entrenched in the club's starting rotation. But a rough April and a brutal July saw to his demotion to Triple-A New Orleans before the month of August. He doesn't look like the..

Marlins right-hander Chris Volstad opened the 2010 season firmly entrenched in the club’s starting rotation.  But a rough April and a brutal July saw to his demotion to Triple-A New Orleans before the month of August.

He doesn’t look like the same pitcher now.

Volstad fired 6 2/3 shutout innings on Saturday against the Brewers and tossed a complete-game shutout last week against the Cardinals.  He’s up to 15 2/3 straight scoreless innings and, according to the Palm Beach Post, is now 7-1 with a 4.44 ERA since his return to the big leagues in late August.

“Something clicked in him,’ manager Edwin Rodriguez. “It could be
his release point. It could be confidence in his pitches, because pretty
much he has the same stuff that he had earlier in the year. Something is
working for him now and he feels very confident and attacking hitters.”

The 6-foot-8 righty was selected in the first round of the 2005 draft.  He is slowly living up to the hype.

  1. Old Gator - Sep 26, 2010 at 2:08 PM

    Volstad has looked like Clark Kent on his way out of the phone booth the past month and a half, and we can only hope he keeps entertaining us with his electric stuff until he becomes arbitration eligible and Scrooge McLoria ships him out of town for another minivan load of EYPs.
    The Feesh climbed back to the strange attractor last night for the twenty seventh time this season. Equilibrium reigns, stasis impends. The Chihuahua is down in the basement currycombing the burros before harnessing them to the deadcart. Scrooge McLoria is learning to love the sound of orange and blue – or, as it were, the fall breeze sussurating through the empty seats. To him, somehow, it always sounds green.

  2. hammer351 - Sep 26, 2010 at 5:07 PM

    Anybody know the baseball-reference voodoo to print out consecutive scoreless innings streaks? For some reason 15 2/3 didn’t seem too lengthy when the record is 59, but I couldn’t work the magic. Quick googling shows at least 3 pitchers (David Price, Cole Hamels and Francisco Liriano) have had longer streaks this year, so I was wondering how rare 15 2/3 consecutive scoreless really is.

  3. Old Gator - Sep 26, 2010 at 8:26 PM

    Feesh flop. See that thing up there? That’s the GSA (Gator’s Strange Attractor) again. They couldn’t make bat guano of Capuano’s stuff today, while Mendez (who???) couldn’t have thrown a photon against a sheet of raw celluloid and left a spot on it. The Feesh bats snoozed through the balmy northern fall afternoon, probably in eager anticipation of unloading on the Braves this week just because they know Craig is dying alive over them – the way they went grinning into New York the last few years because they knew BC was just waiting to break out the champaign.
    Personally, though, I think the Braves are going to hand them their cloacas. They’ve shut down everyone they want to get a decent return for and it looks more like Dan Uggla and the scabs from the strike year games out there than anything else. With what Uggla is demanding for an extension, though, they might shut him down too and order up some Geisha to massage him until the winter trade deadline so they can get Kobe beef prices for him. Then again, Scrooge McLoria might just figure that he could use a few of the Mermaids for the job – they can’t dance very well so he probably doesn’t pay them nearly as much as what a Geisha would cost.

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