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Edinson Volquez gives up seven runs, points finger at Reds’ offense

May 23, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Volquez reacts after giving up a run to the Philadelphia Phillies during the second inning in Game 1 of the MLB National League Division Series baseball playoffs in Philadelphia

Edinson Volquez was knocked around by the Indians yesterday, allowing seven runs while failing to make it out the third inning as his ERA rose to 6.35.

He’s struggled all season with 38 walks and nine homers allowed in 51 innings, but what made yesterday’s ugly outing different than his previous ugly outings is that afterward Volquez took the opportunity to criticize the Reds’ lineup. Seriously.

When speaking to reporters following the game, Volquez said:

I think everybody has to step up and start getting some runs. The last five games, we’ve scored how many runs? Thirteen in five games? It’s not the way we were playing last year. We’re better than that.

Thanks largely to Volquez the Reds allowed 12 runs yesterday and the lineup did well enough scoring four times, which makes it an awfully strange moment to talk about how “everybody has to step up and start getting some runs.”

Last season the Reds led the NL in runs and this season they rank second. The big change has been the pitching staff going from seventh to 14th in ERA and Volquez has led the way with his ERA rising from 4.31 to 6.35. So yes, maybe the Reds’ offense hasn’t been particularly productive for the past week, but Cincinnati has still scored the second-most runs in the league this season and Volquez has still been one of the worst performers on one of the league’s worst pitching staffs.

And just so no one thinks Volquez’s quote was taken out of context, Mark Sheldon of notes that the above statement came in response to a question about his lack of command yesterday. Clearly the guy just had something to get off his chest. Shame it doesn’t make any sense.

  1. Nick C - May 23, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Add Volquez to the list of knucleheads on that team. Dusty sure has instilled them with class and professionalism….if they were WWE wrestlers. Based on what I have seen on Twitter, this team is a reflection of their fanbase as well. The same fanbase that refuses to attend games.

    • joshfrancis50 - May 23, 2011 at 11:36 AM

      Granted, the Reds got into a scuffle with Cards over Phillips calling them whiny little bitches (which they have proven time and time again to be true) but you can’t paint the Reds with that broad brush. Cueto’s kicking of Jason Larue and Volquez’s comments are indefensible, but watching them every day, I really feel most of them are good guys who play hard and play with a lot of emotion.

      This guy sure is a knucklehead. What a d-bag, right?

      • Nick C - May 23, 2011 at 11:48 AM

        I’m sure Phillips is a nice guy in real life. However, his comments about the Cardinals are completely unprofessional which seems to be the character of the team. You have Gomes singing about an injury to an opponent, BP’s comments, Volquez, and of course the ultimate chickensh*t Cueto. Same things went on when Dusty was in CHI.

      • paperlions - May 23, 2011 at 4:12 PM

        Do Reds fans remember that 2 or 3 years ago there was a din from the fans/media about the continued and frequent lack of hustle from Phillips? He was ripped for not running out GBs, he was ripped for admiring fly balls that weren’t HRs, turning doubles into singles in the process.

    • riverace19 - May 23, 2011 at 1:25 PM

      Don’t get too crazy Nick. Don’t really think the fans were mentioned or are an issue here.

      Volquez is right; if they would have scored 13 runs they win the game.

      Pretty funny stuff on a slow news day.

    • sav2880 - May 23, 2011 at 4:25 PM

      Really, there’s as much “face” as there is “heel” in the Reds as anyone. That came to light with the past Cardinals series. I think it’s hard to look at how the Cards reacted to getting swept and say that it’s just the Reds being a bunch of bad guys. And, regardless of what you think about how these things operate with Dusty at the helm, they’ll take care of themselves because of Walt Jockkety. I don’t recall the Cards having these kind of “issues” when he was the GM there!

      Why will it take care of itself? Those who don’t like Gomes can be relieved since his level of play (it’s not a slump anymore) is having him benched, Volquez is now where he needs to be (Louisville), Phillips is by far a better leader than he ever was back a couple of years ago when he was experiencing his lack of hustle issues (those are behind him). And really, Gomes and Volquez are outliers. The core of this team is Votto / Rolen / Phillips.

      I’ll go to war with that group of three team leaders any day.

  2. sav2880 - May 23, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Cue up that all expense paid trip to beautiful Louisville, KY in three … two … one …

    Seriously, he’s by far the weakest link in the rotation, and while I don’t know if any of the other options are better in the long term(Sam LeCure is probably the best choice), Edinson needs to get himself straightened out somewhere, and with the big league club is not a good place right now.

    • cur68 - May 23, 2011 at 11:25 AM

      Seriously? “LeCure”? The dude’s name is “LeCure”? If the Expos were still around THIS is their starting pitcher!

  3. metalhead65 - May 23, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    anybody who doubts the rangers hosed the reds in the Hamilton deal is in denial. a injured Hamilton is still an mvp type player while voquez is all slash with no substance. all you have to do is look at the back of his baseball card to see the reason why the rangers got rid of him. aide from the first third of the 2008 season he has done nothing for the reds.he won 12 games and made the all star team then did nothing the rest of the year in his second go round the league.he sucked before he went on the dl his second year with the reds and almost 2 years after tommy john people are still using that excuse for him sucking today. I for 1 and sick of seeing this clown go out and put the reds in a hole to start every game. who cares if he can throw 95 and strike 7 when you have already put your team behind to start the game? yesterday was the first game the reds offense has not bailed him out all year and he whines? Homer Bailey pitched a gem and lost 2-1 and blamed himself for the loss not the 1 run the reds scored for him. send him to the minors until he gets control of his stuff and grows up. and get a haircut while you are down there. until you prove you are a major league caliber pitcher you look like a clown with hairstyle and wearing hat sideways.maybe it won’t help his pitching but at least it will look like he takes his job seriously.

    • cintiphil - May 23, 2011 at 3:41 PM

      Joking or not, you are mostly correct. This guy looks like a street gang member, and not a pro baseball player. I know there is no dress code, but this is stupid, just about the same with Arroyo. Maybe if he just wore his cap on correctly and got rid of the du-rag, it might help put him in a frame of mind to compete. At least he would look like a ball player. Much of the pitchers success lies in dicpline and concentration. He does nothing to help himself on those issues.

  4. largebill - May 23, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    His point about the offense is valid. 13 runs over 5 games equals 2.6 runs a game. However, he is the wrong messenger for that complaint. Votto or Phillips talking about poor production and stressing how players need to have better at bats, etc. would have carried some weight. A pitcher constantly falling behind putting stress on offense to come from behind has no place making that point.

  5. rollinghighwayblues - May 23, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    Maybe it’s that moronic hair and du rag he likes to sport. Seriously, look like a ballplayer for Petes sake. You’re a professional, dammit.

    • salvomania - May 23, 2011 at 1:28 PM

      Yeah, just like Bronson Arroyo.

      • metalhead65 - May 23, 2011 at 5:53 PM

        the difference is Bronson knows how to pitch and conduct himself as a professional.if he had volquez’s arm he would be a 20 game winner and perennial cy young award contender, instead he gets buy on what he has and is smart enough to know how to use it and get people out!he wins 15 games a year and gives them more innings than anybody on thier staff. hell it takes volquez 100 pitches to make thru 5 if he gets that far. so if Bronson wants wear his hair the way he does I got no problem with it just don’t try to be stylin’ when you are a immature loser like volquez

  6. fordman84 - May 23, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    Looks like my theory is still true…Josh Hamilton and Volquez will always be good at the same time and bad at the same time, thus making everyone argue about who won in that trade. I still say Texas.

    • metalhead65 - May 23, 2011 at 5:56 PM

      seriously volquez has had 1 third of a good season with the reds and hamilton when not injured is a everday mvp player so there can be doubt texas won that trade. Hamilton is due back today as volquez is being sent down and that says it all.

  7. joecool16280 - May 23, 2011 at 5:33 PM

    Could it be that stupid hair style?

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