Cincinnati Reds Demote Edinson Volquez to Triple-A

Adam BernacchioAnalyst IIIMay 24, 2011

CINCINNATI, OH - APRIL 17: Edinson Volquez #36 of the Cincinnati Reds reacts after being taken out of the game in the sixth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Great American Ball Park on April 17, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Pirates won 7-6. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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I am going to have to admit that when I was doing my National League Cy Young prediction post, I pretty darn close to predicting that Cincinnati Reds RHP Edinson Volquez would win the award.

Thank the good Lord I came to my senses.

The Reds demoted Volquez to Triple-A on Monday. He was 3-2 in 2011, but had a 6.35 ERA and was walking 6.7 batters per nine innings.

His first-inning struggles have become stuff of legend this season. He had an 18.00 ERA in 10 first-inning innings in 2011. The Reds tried everything to get Volquez to better adapt to the first inning, and everything failed.

It’s hard to give your team a chance to win when you constantly put your teams in 3-0 deficits.  That’s what Volquez was doing all season.

I personally think the Reds are trying to teach Volquez a lesson by sending him down.

After giving up seven runs in just 2.2 innings in Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Indians, Volquez came up with this gem:

“I think everybody has to step up and start getting some runs. The last five games, we’ve scored how many runs? Thirteen [actually 12] in five games? It’s not the way we were playing last year. We’re better than that.”

I am not exactly sure how it’s the offense's fault that he gave up seven runs in a little over two innings, but Volquez seems to think so. He must think he was playing softball on Sunday, because baseball teams rarely score seven runs in a game.

Volquez will be back with the Reds this season, but first he is going to have to take his medicine in Triple-A.