Another five shutout innings for Edinson Volquez tonight, on three hits, with 6 Ks and a BB. This kid is making a believer out of all the doubters.

We are probably going to miss Josh Hamilton, and I know that we here at Redleg Nation wish Hamilton nothing but success with Texas. However, I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that Volquez will make us miss Hamilton. Volquez, Johnny Cueto, and Homer Bailey are going to make us forget all the losses of the last seven years.

Evidently, John Fay asked our illustrious manager, Dusty Baker, whether Edinson Volquez and Johnny Cueto are separating themselves from the rest of pitchers competing for the rotation:

“You want me to say it or are you going to say (it). They’re pitching like they belong along side (Aaron) Harang and (Bronson) Arroyo in the rotation. They’re dealing. They came in ready to pitch. They played Winter Ball so they’re ahead, not so much with velocity but with command. That’s what you need. They’re pounding the strike zone. If you walk people, you have no chance. If you get behind people, you have little chance.

“We need them.”

Indeed. And when Homer Bailey gets things straightened out in AAA, perhaps by May or June, this is going to be a nice rotation. Next year, watch out.