Edinson Volquez faces his old team

The Edinson Volquez Redemption Tour stays at PNC Park tonight for Volquez’s first matchup of the season against the Cincinnati Reds team that he’s spent much of his career pitching for. Not so long ago, Volquez and Johnny Cueto represented a bright future for the Reds. Tonight, they’re mound opponents. As good as Volquez has been this year, it’s also true that lefties have...
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Making a Pitcher Out of Edinson Volquez

The Pirates signed Edinson Volquez as a reclamation project, and it was easy enough to explain. A season ago, Volquez posted a 5.71 ERA, which is terrible. But he also posted a 4.24 FIP and a 4.07 xFIP, and on that basis alone, one could’ve argued that Volquez still had a place in the league. […]
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The best pitch that Edinson Volquez made last night

It’s fine if you’re still skeptical of Edinson Volquez despite his strong start to 2014. It’s kind of crazy not to be, to be honest. Volquez has been one type of pitcher his entire career, and suddenly after a few months with the Pirates, he looks like something else entirely. It’s going to be a while until I stop expecting the clock to hit midnight and Volquez to turn into...
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Pirates 11, Brewers 2

Wonderful start to a key homestand! Edinson Volquez pitched seven very strong innings. Through three starts each (four for Liriano), he’s easily been the Bucs’ best starter — he’s got a 1.71 ERA. Raise your hand if you saw that coming. It’s still very early, obviously, but Volquez’s resurgence looks legit so far. He is keeping the ball down for the most part, his breaking...
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Series wrap-up: 2 of 3 from the Cards

It’s not revenge for the NLDS, and it’s not a big deal to be in first place after one week of baseball, but this was a fun weekend. Everything went right for the Pirates on Friday night, but after they sputtered on Saturday it looked like the Cards were set to take the series with a huge pitching matchup advantage on Sunday. Alas, Edinson Volquez looked great, the Pirates scratched...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

The Edinson Volquez experiments launches today

Before anything else today, I want to redirect you to Jerry Crasnick’s piece about the Pirates’ coaching staff, their approach for helped wayward pitchers, and how they’ve tried to tackle Edinson Volquez this winter. I think that a lot of us, myself included at times, tended to chalk the Volquez signing up to borderline hubris on the part of the Pirates’ front office and...
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Can the Pirates retread Volquez?

When Francisco Liriano's career had bottomed out, the Pittsburgh Pirates provided a safe haven for him to work his way back to prominence. So when the team embarked upon the task of filling out its starting rotation in December, Liriano was happy to return the favor and play the role of recruiter-in-chief. Early in the offseason, when Edinson Volquez was looking for a home in...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: The Edinson Volquez project

Edinson Volquez Edinson Volquez has been very disappointing so far this spring training, and the Pittsburgh Pirates season begins next Monday with the right-hander still struggling to find his grove. The Pirates signed the 30-year-old pitcher to a one-year, $5 million deal over the offseason as a reclamation project with hopes that Volquez could turn his career around much like A...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Edinson Volquez is not the next Liriano

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been a bit like the Statue of Liberty when it comes to broken pitchers: "Give me your tired, your poor..." They took a seemingly broken A.J. Burnett and received two productive years from him. They took a seemingly broken Francisco Liriano and he had a fantastic year for them last year and even won a playoff game. Now, the expectation is...
Via The Flagrant Fan
January 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Reds were reportedly interested in signing Edinson Volquez

Volquez said he chose #Dodgers over #Reds, #BlueJays, #Orioles, #Phillies and "a couple more." Said he's willing to start or relieve. — Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) August 30, 2013 There was a time in Cincinnati when many thought Edinson Volquez was going to be a star for years to come. This optimism was justified in 2008 when the right-hander posted a 17-6 record...
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August 31, 2013  |  Discuss

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