Tag:Edinson Volquez
Posted on: July 7, 2011 8:18 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2011 8:47 pm

Reds change course, Willis to start Sunday

By Matt Snyder

Just a day after leaving Dontrelle Willis in the minors, the Reds have optioned Edinson Volquez and Paul Janish to Triple-A. In return prospect shortstop Zack Cozart will join the Reds and get the majority of the starts at short and Willis is going to take the hill for the Reds Sunday (Reds Blog).

This will be the second stint in Triple-A this season for Volquez, even though he was the Reds' opening day starter. He has struggled across the board, with a 5.93 ERA, 1.64 WHIP, 55 walks and 15 home runs allowed in just 85 innings. You have to wonder how much longer the Reds will let Volquez struggle before just shipping him off. They have lots of starting pitching options and he likely has some trade value considering his one really good season wasn't that long ago.

Willis, 29, is a two-time All-Star who once finished second in Cy Young voting (2005), but had fallen on really hard times the past few seasons. He's 5-2 with a 2.63 ERA and 67 strikeouts in 75 1/3 Triple-A innings this season.

Cozart, 25, was hitting .310 with 26 doubles, seven home runs, 32 RBI and nine steals for Triple-A.

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Posted on: July 5, 2011 5:20 pm
Edited on: July 5, 2011 7:18 pm

On Deck: Pujols back, not in lineup

By C. Trent Rosecrans

SUPERMAN'S BACK: Albert Pujols is back after missing a little more than two weeks with a broken bone in his wrist. He's not starting tonight, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see him pinch-hit at some point. Pujols is 4 for 10 with two homers in his career against Reds starter Edinson Volquez. Reds left-fielder Jonny Gomes is 4 for 8 with two doubles in his career against Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia. However, the Reds' two-through-five hitters (Brandon Phillips, Joey Votto, Scott Rolen and Jay Bruce) have combined to hit just .179 (7 for 39) against the Cardinals left-hander. Reds at Cardinals, 7:09 p.m. ET (Follow live)

Ryan BraunBRAUN, TOO: Brewers left-fielder Ryan Braun is back after missing two games with a strained left calf will miss his third game and will not be available to play at all Tuesday. Braun has a 22-game hitting streak that will resume when he does. It's too bad for the Brewers that Braun isn't playing tonight, as he is hitting .366/.418/.573 with three homers during the streak. Braun is 7 for 19 with two homers in his career against Diamondbacks starter Zach Duke. Duke is 4-7 with a 6.14 ERA in seven starts at Miller Park and the Brewers haven't lost back-to-back games at home this season. Diamondbacks at Brewers, 8:10 p.m. ET (Follow live)

Justin VerlanderDan HarenBEST MATCHUP: Justin Verlander may be the game's best pitcher right now and will look to prove it by becoming the first 12-game winner in baseball (although the Yankees' CC Sabathia will have a chance earlier in the night). Verlander is 11-3 with a 2.32 ERA and was 6-0 with a 0.92 ERA in June. He faces off against Dan Haren, who has four wins in his last six outings after suffering a seven-start winless streak. Haren was dominating in his last start, allowing just two hits in 7 1/3 innings against the Nationals, and is 8-5 with a 2.85 ERA this season. He's even better at home where he has just a 3-3 record, but a 2.12 ERA and opponents are batting .090 points lower against him at Angel Stadium than on the road. Tigers at Angels, 10:05 p.m. ET (Follow live)

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Posted on: June 29, 2011 1:56 pm
Edited on: June 29, 2011 4:42 pm

Damon ties Williams on hit list

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Johnny DamonJohnny Damon's sixth-inning blooper off of Reds starter Edinson Volquez on Wednesday tied him with Ted Williams on the all-time hit list at 2,654.

"It seems whoever I pass right now, it's somebody very good," Damon told the Tampa Tribune on Tuesday. "I'm just proud of the fact that I've been able to have this long of a career, but Ted Williams is sentimental to me, because I was with the Red Sox when he passed (2002), and we honored him on the field, and at the time my son was, I believe 3, and he was able to be on the field with me wearing a Ted Williams jersey."

Damon played four seasons with the Red Sox and did something Williams was never able to do, win a World Series title.

It should be noted, of course, Williams missed three full seasons due to World War II and most of two more to serve in the Korean War.

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Posted on: June 19, 2011 1:24 am

3 Up, 3 Down: Danks toughs out victory

John Danks

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Jon Danks, White Sox: Not only did Danks pick up the win against the Diamondbacks, going seven innings allowing seven hits and two runs (one earned), but he also stayed in the game after being hit in the head by a liner off the bat of Stephen Drew. In the fourth inning, Drew hit a liner off the back of Drew's head that bounced into the stands near the Arizona dugout. Danks just laughed off the incident and stayed in the game. Watch the play here.

Johnny Damon, Rays: Damon iced up his 500th double in the first inning of the Rays' victory over the Marlins. He's the 53rd player to reach the 500 doubles mark, but just the 11th plater to ever accumulate 500 doubles, 100 triples, 200 homers and 2,500 hits. All 10 of the others -- George Brett, Lou Gehrig, Goose Goslin, Rogers Hornsby, Willie Mays, Paul Molitor, Stan Musial, Babe Ruth, Al Simmons and Robin Yount -- are in the Hall of Fame. 

Matt Holliday, Cardinals: Holliday's two-run homer in the eighth inning off of Kansas City's Greg Holland to end the Cardinals' seven-game losing streak. Holliday has two home runs in his three games back from the disabled list, going 5 for 9 with at least one RBI in each of the games.

Padres offense: Well exempt Chris Denorfia and Will Venable from this list for Saturday's worst results, because both of those Padres had multiple hits -- with Denorfia leading off the game with a triple, only to be stranded. None of the rest of the Padres managed a hit. Anthony Rizzo worked a walk off of Minnesota's Scott Baker, but those five were the only baserunners of the night. The Twins weren't much better, managing six hits and one walk, but Danny Valencia's homer was enough offense for the 1-0 Minnesota victory. San Diego's .637 OPS is the worst in baseball, as are its 238 runs.

Edinson Volquez, Reds: Maybe another trip to the minors in order. It wasn't just his stats on Saturday -- five innings pitched, seven hits, four runs, two walks and eight strikeouts -- it was everything else. He had two errors, including one that led to a run, and a balk. In his last outing, he pitched well, but two baserunning blunders hurt the Reds' chances of winning. With Homer Bailey getting ready to return from the disabled list, Volquez could find himself back in Louisville soon.

Florida Marlins: Here's just about everything you need to know about the Florida Marlins right now -- the South Florida Sun Sentinel runs a feature after every Marlins game called "Marlins highlights." The first item Saturday's 7-4 loss was "Marlins wives beat Rays wives in softball." Yep, that's the highlight as the Marlins lost their ninth in a row and have as many wins in the month of June as their wives.

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Posted on: June 8, 2011 4:02 pm
Edited on: June 8, 2011 4:33 pm

Hair's the difference for Volquez?

Edinson Volquez

By C. Trent Rosecrans

CINCINNATI -- Edinson Volquez may be the reverse Sampson -- cut your hair and pitch better.

Between his demotion to Triple-A and his call up to pitch on Tuesday, the Reds right-hander cut his dreadlocks and allowed just one run in seven innings against the Cubs in a Reds victory, his fourth of the year.

In 2007, the Rangers demoted Volquez and ordered him to cut his hair, but this time it was his own decision, sporting the dreads in his starts in Louisville.

"I love my hair, but it's too hot," Volquez said before Wednesday's game against the Cubs at Great American Ball Park, where the Reds gave out free cups of water and ice to fans because of the temperatures in the 90s.

After his start on Tuesday, Volquez joked to reporters that he'd kept his hair and would bring it in Wednesday. True to his word, he had a plastic bag with his dreadlocks in it.

Edinson Volquez

In the locker next to Volquez's, the dreadlocked Johnny Cueto shook his head and said his hair's not going anywhere. 

However, Volquez's return to a cleaner look may be just what he needed -- at least to the stats collected at the blog Mustached Baseball Head. According to the site, during his tenure with the Reds, Volquez is a better pitcher without the extra baggage under his cap.

Dreadlocked Volquez: 163 1/3 innings pitched, 93 runs, 90 earned runs, 140 hits, 105 walks, 167 strikeouts, 4.97 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 13 quality starts

Non-dreadlocked Volquez: 203 innings pitched, 83 runs, 71 earned runs, 174 hits, 95 walks, 211 strikeouts, 3.15 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 20 quality starts.

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Posted on: June 8, 2011 1:06 am

3 Up, 3 Down: Carrasco steps up for Tribe

By Matt Snyder

Carlos Carrasco, Indians. The reeling Indians brought a five-game losing streak into Tuesday night's game against the Twins -- who had won five in a row. The Tribe had lost 10 of 13 and were clinging to the AL Central division lead by 1 1/2 games over the Tigers. It was a lead that was seven games as recently as May 23. Someone needed to step up, and Carrasco did just that. He threw 8 1/3 shutout innings, allowing only three hits and one walk while striking out six. He did this with no margin for error, as the Indians only scored one unearned run.

Edinson Volquez, Reds. Volquez was demoted to Triple-A for two starts after showing few signs of life in the early-going. Tuesday, he looked like his old self, aside from the absence of the dreadlocks. While he got into trouble a few times, Volquez came through with a really good start. He gave up consecutive doubles in the second and then allowed the Cubs to load the bases, but he left them that way. It was smooth sailing after that, as Volquez didn't allow any Cub to reach second base again. He finished with five strikeouts in seven innings while allowing seven hits, two walks and one run.

Dee Gordon, Dodgers. While Gordon's actual debut came Monday night when he pinch ran late in the game, his first big-league start was Tuesday and he had one to remember. The son of "Flash" is actually the speedy one in the family and gathered his first career stolen base in the fifth inning. The final line was 3-5 with a run and stolen base. The Dodgers got the win, too, so it had to be a pretty satisfying night for Gordon.

Freddy Garcia, Yankees. As bad as the outing was, in which Garcia gave up four runs on four hits and three walks (though one was intentional) and took the loss, the worst part was he couldn't even get through two innings in the first game of a series. There's a full week of action ahead for the Yankees and the bullpen was needed for 7 1/3 innings. That's the kind of strain that can catch up in the next few games. Fortunately for the Yanks, they got a Yeoman's Effort from young Hector Noesi, who got through six innings with 71 pitches. Still, he's now going to be unavailable for the next several days and Garcia shortened the bullpen with his terrible outing. The Yankees now need a deep start from A.J. Burnett Wednesday.

Delmon Young, Twins. On a Carlos Santana double in the fourth inning, Delmon Young misplayed the ball, allowing Santana to take third base. He then scored on a ground out and the Indians won 1-0. We don't know how the game would have turned out if Young didn't commit the error, but that's the problem, no?

David Hernandez, Diamondbacks. The Arizona setup man entered Tuesday with a 1.65 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 27 1/3 innings. Unfortunately this is what can happen with one awful outing for a relief pitcher: Hernandez blew up his own ERA in one night. Worse yet, he blew the game. He was summoned with a 5-3 lead in the bottom of the eighth at Pittsburgh and the Pirates torched him for five runs on four hits. Hernandez didn't even record a single out. He faced six batters, allowing three doubles, a single, a walk and a fielder's choice in which every runner was safe. The ERA now says 3.29.

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Posted on: June 6, 2011 9:08 pm
Edited on: June 6, 2011 9:32 pm

Volquez to start Tuesday for Reds

By Matt Snyder

Edinson Volquez went from opening day starter for the Reds to a minor-leaguer within two months, but Tuesday he's going to return to the hill. The Reds had been saying the past few days that Volquez might get the ball Tuesday but didn't firm anything up until Monday evening (MLB.com). It's official now, and he will be the Reds' starting pitcher against the Cubs Tuesday night.

Volquez was demoted to Triple-A on May 23, a day after allowing seven hits, four walks and six earned runs in 2 2/3 innings against the Indians. His ERA hadn't dipped below 5.59 after any start of the season, and he never worked into the seventh inning in 10 starts. At the time of his demotion, Volquez held a 6.35 ERA, 1.67 WHIP and 38 walks in 51 innings.

The good news for the Reds is he may have worked things out in the minors. For Triple-A Louisville, Volquez made two starts and only allowed three runs in 14 1/3 innings (1.88 ERA).

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Posted on: June 3, 2011 9:44 pm
Edited on: June 3, 2011 10:03 pm

Edinson Volquez could return to Reds on Tuesday

By Evan Brunell

VolquezEdinson Volquez has made two starts in Triple-A since being demoted, with his most recent coming on Thursday when he allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings, continuing a streak of success -- the right-hander has allowed just one run in 14 1/3 innings. Reds manager Dusty Baker told MLB.com on Friday that Volquez could rejoin the rotation next Tuesday, the day he's slated to pitch again.

"There's a good chance," Baker said. "I have to talk to him and see how he feels exactly and look him in the face and see his assessments of his own outings."

The Reds have Chad Reineke going on Monday and Mike Leake on Tuesday, but they could demote either one from the rotation to make room for Volquez, who might be the ace the Reds desperately need -- if he's finally turned things around after a 6.35-ERA start to the season in 10 starts.

In his two Triple-A starts, Volquez walked six and struck out seven. He threw 62 percent of his 112 pitches in Thursday's start for strikes, which is a strong number.

"I'm reading the reports, and the reports indicate he's throwing the ball well, throwing more strikes, and hopefully we can get him back in the rotation soon," Baker said. "He went down to accomplish what we wanted him to accomplish, which was to throw strikes, get ahead of the hitters and get his mechanics back. It appears he did what we asked him to do."

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