2008 was an incredible year for Edinson Volquez.
At the All-Star Break, he had a 12-3 record and a 2.29 ERA with 126 strikeouts. He finished the season with a 3.21 ERA, more than 200 strikeouts and a WAR of 3.9.
That's when everything went downhill.
He made nine starts in 2009 before being shut down for Tommy John surgery. In those nine starts, he had a 4.35 ERA and a K/BB of 1.47.
Before he could make his comeback in 2010, he was slapped with a 50-game suspension for the use of performance-enhancing drugs. He came back to make 12 sort of effective starts, going 4-3 with a 4.31 ERA and a WHIP of 1.50.
2011 was his first fully healthy season since the surgery, and expectations were high that he would regain his 2008 form. He failed miserably, posting a 5.71 ERA and spending the first two months after the All-Star Break in the minor leagues.
Having worn out his welcome in Cincinnati, he was traded to San Diego where many of us foolishly believed pitching in Petco Park would help solve all of his woes. He did have the second-best WAR of career, but 1.1 wins above replacement is hardly worth writing home about. His K/BB rate was the sixth-worst in the majors, and his 4.14 ERA hardly left much to be desired.
Here we are again in 2013, watching him struggle to find the strike zone (K/BB of 1.20) while compiling an ERA of 5.15.
He'll be a free agent after this season. Unless he really turns things around in the next four months, it's tough to imagine anyone will take a chance on him again.