WasWatching.com has a pretty good post here about the lights-out season Edinson Volquez is having so far, and discusses some lessons that the Yankees can learn from Volquez’s career (to use with Phil Hughes).
All I have to say about Volquez is: wow. Just, WOW. A 5-1 record, 1.06 ERA after 7 starts. It’s almost unfathomable. Volquez hasn’t allowed more than one earned run in any of those starts. No Reds pitcher has EVER done that (since earned runs became an official statistic). WOW.
Volquez is going to have some ups and downs; he’s still a young pitcher, and young pitchers are inconsistent. But I don’t think I’ll ever forget this fantastic beginning he’s been able to put together. Simply outstanding.
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