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Edinson Volquez thinks he’s tipping his pitches

Aug 13, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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Edinson Volquez had another awful start last night, allowing eight runs in 4.1 innings against the Rockies, and afterward the Padres right-hander told reporters that he thinks he’s been tipping pitches:

I don’t know what it is. They looked like they knew every pitch that was coming. Today I felt as good as I have all season. They have something on me. Maybe I am tipping my pitches. I have to look at the tape to see what it is.

Volquez indicated that the Rockies in particular seem to have a read on what he’s going to throw and he’s been knocked around for 21 earned runs in 12.2 innings at Coors Field this season. Of course, as Troy Renck of the Denver Post notes Volquez has an 8.39 ERA in Colorado for his career, which includes seven starts.

It’s also worth noting that even if you remove Volquez’s terrible numbers at Coors Field this season his overall ERA stands at 4.86 in 124 innings. In other words, he might be tipping pitches against the Rockies but he’s also been simply terrible against everyone else. And it’s not just this season. Volquez hasn’t posted an ERA below 4.00 since 2008 and has a combined 4.91 ERA in 540 innings during that time. That’s a lot of pitch-tipping.

  1. jfk69 - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Sorry Edinson.. I liked the tired arm excuse better.

  2. gloccamorra - Aug 13, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    Maybe it’s the way he mixes up the pitches. Fastball over the middle of the plate, hanging curve, slider over the middle of the plate, over and over, gets pretty predictable.

    • gloccamorra - Aug 13, 2013 at 7:02 PM

      That ‘throw strikes’ mantra may be the culprit. In the past, he walked a ton of batters and struck out a ton of batters, but gave up very few hits. He was all over the place throwing 95-97, and batters were afraid to dig in. Now he’s TOO accurate. If he’s going to get knocked out after 4-1/3, he may as well go back to 20-25 pitches per inning and complete five innings. At least if his team gets lucky and scores some runs, he’s eligible for the win.

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