Coming into this season the Reds had two young pitchers that everyone was excited for. One was Homer Bailey and the other was Johnny Cueto. So how is it possible that Edinson Volquez has emerged as not only one of the best in the bunch, but also one of the best in the league?
The young righty always had the potential to have great stuff but not many expected to see him do this well this quick. In fact, Volquez still hasn’t been figured out by hitters this season and has even tied John Tudor’s National League record for most starts (12) to begin a season allowing two earned runs or fewer. Volquez currently is boasting an 8-2 record, leads the majors in strikeouts (91), has an impressive 1.32 ERA and has allowed three home runs all season. That’s impressive for anyone let alone a 24-year old pitching in one of the best hitter’s parks in all the land.
While I did make the prediction that Volquez would have a big season stating “look for a big season from Volquez as he has looked fantastic this spring” in my NL Central Division prediction column this past Spring, even I had to admit I didn’t see him coming on this strong.
If Volquez can continue on this tirade, Johnny Cueto can regain the form he had to start the season and the two veterans Bronson Arroyo and Aaron Harang can pitch like they have the past couple of seasons, then this Reds club can make a run at the playoffs. This is especially true with the huge season Adam Dunn is having and the unshackling (finally) of mega-prospect Jay Bruce.
They definitely have the ability to catch fire as a team as they have showed it before. But now with all the fresh young blood it isn’t so much a matter of if, it’s a matter of when.
By Matthew Whipps
“The Diamond Cutter“
Major & Minor League Baseball Columnist
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