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Volquez gets Game 1 start for Reds

Posted on: October 2, 2010 7:15 pm
Edinson Volquez
Edinson Volquez, who began the season not only recovering from Tommy John surgery but serving a 50-game drug suspension, has rebounded to become Cincinnati's No. 1 playoff starter.

Manager Dusty Baker made the somewhat surprising announcement Saturday, revealing that Aaron Harang will take Volquez's scheduled start Sunday so Volquez will be ready to pitch the opening game of the National League Division Series. Assuming the Reds face the Phillies (the most likely scenario, but still not certain), it would give Cincinnati a power arm to put up against Roy Halladay.

Volquez didn't debut with the Reds this season until July 17, and was sent down after seeing his ERA at 6.17 after eight starts. Since being recalled September 11, he is 1-1 with a 1.95 ERA.

"He's coming on pretty strong," Baker said. "He's been especially good against lefties. The Phillies have a lot of lefties."

-- David Andriesen

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Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: October 2, 2010 11:56 pm

Volquez gets Game 1 start for Reds

You can put Nolan Ryan out there for the first game and it isn't going to matter for the series...the Phillies are too deep in pitching and too talented with the bats.  Phils take whoever they play 3-1.

Since: Oct 19, 2008
Posted on: October 2, 2010 11:28 pm

Volquez gets Game 1 start for Reds

I think it is a smart move by dusty.I mean Bronson is in some ways the teams #1 pitcher but really he is no more than a #3 or 4 guy and has given up i think like 30 homeruns this year.Why not throw Volquez who has better stuff than bronson and has come back to form in september and he shuts down left handed hitters.I hope dusty throws Travis Wood in game 2 because the last time he face the phillies he had them no hitted them till the 9th inning.Bottom line the Phillies are the favorite to win it all and they should be, i mean look at that lineup and that pitching staff, but this reds team is young and every game this year they played against the phillies was dam close.The phillies had a 5-2 advantage on the reds but only outscored them 30-27 with two 1-0 games and two other 1 run games, i think it should be a good series, at least as a die hard reds fan i hope. 

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