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Bad Edinson Volquez shows up; Reds in trouble

Oct 6, 2010, 6:25 PM EDT

Edinson Volquez was pulled from Game 1 of the NLDS in the second inning with the Reds trailing the Phillies 4-0, leaving Cincinnati in a major hole against an obviously sharp Roy Halladay.
Reds manager Dusty Baker took a big risk in going with the volatile Volquez in Game 1. Volquez earned consideration for the assignment by reeling off four straight quality starts last month. Volquez, though, had four starts in which he had more earned runs allowed than innings pitched in 12 outings since returning from Tommy John surgery.
The safe play for Baker would have been Bronson Arroyo, who won 17 games this year. Arroyo, though, struggles against lefties and is 1-5 with a 5.54 ERA lifetime against the Phillies. He’ll go in Game 2 anyway.
The gutsy call would have been Travis Wood. Wood finished the year with a 3.51 ERA, and he pitched a one-hit shutout in his start against the Phillies back on July 10. Wood, however, was left out of the original rotation. He’s working in relief now trying to keep the Reds in the game, and if he’s successful, one has to figure he’ll be penciled in to start Game 4 should the series get that far.

  1. Route36West - Oct 6, 2010 at 6:35 PM

    Damn Doc is Good. The Cutter is knocking dudes out.

  2. JBerardi - Oct 6, 2010 at 6:37 PM

    Roy Halladay is as close to being a perfect pitcher as God will allow.

  3. Cincy Sam - Oct 6, 2010 at 7:02 PM

    I have had enough. No hits after 6. I stopped watching.
    Now I see the Baker strategy. He sacrificed Volquez as he knew they couldn’t beat Halladay. He hopes that Arroyo can beat Oswalt to even up the series.Good luck Dusty. If you don’t believe this, then go way back about 40 years to the Cubs / Cardinal season series. Jenkins was the Best the Cubs had. They stopped pitching him against Gibson, as it was a sure loss. They sacrificed someone against Gibby, and hoped the Cubs could win game two with Jenkins.Yes, it did happen just that way.
    Wood did look very good tonight however. Tell me when it is over. It is too painful.

  4. CYGNUS X-1 - Oct 6, 2010 at 7:32 PM

    as a reds fan this makes me sick! I am tired of waiting for this guy to be the ace pitcher they traded josh hamilton for.don’t blame the arm injury either,aside from the firast half of the ’08 season he has sucked!he won 13 games in that first half and went to the all-star game then ended up with 17 wins for the year! he sucked before his arm went out last year and was so bad when he came back this year they had to ship him to single A so he could get his confidance back.meanwhile hamilton is going to be the american league mvp even after missing a month!yea great trade reds!

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