In no particular order, here is a stupid list:

  1. Edinson Volquez wears uniform number 37.
  2. He wore numbers 40, 38, and 31 with the Rangers, and number 36 with the Reds.
  3. His hero is Pedro Martinez, who wore number 37 with the Expos in 1994 and 1995.
  4. Volquez was once traded, with Danny Herrera, for Josh Hamilton.
  5. According to Baseball-Reference, his most similar pitcher is Roger Pavlik.
  6. Volquez led the National League with 105 walks in 2012.
  7. He led the NL with 14 HBP in 2008.
  8. The first batter Volquez hit in the big leagues was the fifth man he faced, Aaron Rowand.
  9. The next batter, Jermaine Dye, hit the first homer Volquez allowed. Read More…

What originally started as an exploration into Edinson Volquez’s inability to tap his true potential, quickly devolved into dwelling about the state of the Padres’ rotation as Casey Kelly became the latest to succumb to ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction surgery. That stark realization led to dreading about the potential No. 1 starter, which came full circle when Volquez was named the Padres’ Opening Day starter yesterday. It’s a vicious shame spiral.

Not unlike the Padres’ list of Opening Day starters, Volquez is yet another name in a long line of middling Major League talent. But it wasn’t always that way.

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