Edinson Volquez to start opening day for Padres


Edinson Volquez earns the number-one spot in the San Diego Padres rotation. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

The Padres have named Edinson Volquez the Opening Day starter against the Dodgers this Thursday. Volquez, who came over in part of the Mat Latos deal, has impressed the coaching staff, and his numbers back that up. Volquez went 2-0 with a 3.48 ERA, 20.2 IP, 13 K and an impressive .179 BAA. Also, Volquez has three career starts (albeit a small sample size) at PETCO Park, going 1-1 with a 2.33 ERA in 19.1 innings pitched.

Tim Stauffer appeared to be the favorite as the opening day starter, but he had a bad spring. His mechanics were off, and now he has a mild strained tricep, which the team will further evaluate. According to Dan Hayes of the North County Times, Stauffer said it’s more of a “dead-arm situation” than any one particular area.

Stauffer went 1-3 with a 6.75 ERA, 22.2 IP, while opponents batted .368 off the right-hander. Again, the Padres will evaluate his arm, but also attempt to hone his mechanics. In spring, the staff talked about trying to get Stauffer to tweak his arm angle, and work more on top of the ball. If Stauffer does land on the DL, Anthony Bass would be the obvious choice. Bass has had a fantastic spring going 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA, 14 IP, only 1 BB, with 8 K and opponents hitting only .191 off the promising pitcher.

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  1.  NL West is very close. It’s wide open. Anyone can sneak up and take the W. Just like The D-Backs did last year. And the Padres did in 2010 after in 2009 being next to dead last. Watch out for the Padres this year, they will compete.

  2. Hey Mickey,
    Cool Blog!!!  Want your thoughts on something, I keep reading in the paper the Padres are projected to be dead last. or a least 4th place. Now, I don’t think that’s fair. The season started yet. we haven’t even seen the first pitch. give them a chance. please reply…

  3. I do. If he’s stays healthy, and will benefit from spacious Petco park, and the NL West division in general. Also, it doesn’t hurt his cause to have Bud Black and Darren Balsely in his corner. I’m not sure we see him return to his All-Star form, but it’s not out of the question by any means. He’s only 28.

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