What a great Reds debut today by starting pitcher Edinson Volquez. Just really an outstanding start. When you combine today’s game with Johnny Cueto’s superb debut on Thursday, it’s enough to make even the most jaded and cynical Reds fan get excited.

Here’s John Fay’s reaction:

In some ways his outing was more impressive than Cueto’s. Volquez was facing a much better hitting team; he was facing them for the third time; and he had a to work out of jams.

I’d take either one, however.

I was standing along the third base line when I heard a kid, maybe 9 or 10, say to his dad: “This pitcher is crazy, dad.”


Another reaction: I absolutely agree with CSG’s take.

Consider for a moment the great potential of this pitching rotation. You know what you are going to get from Aaron Harang and Bronson Arroyo. You have to be optimistic about Cueto and Volquez. Josh Fogg is horrible, but I have to believe that he is going to be shown the door once Homer Bailey (great first start) or Matt Belisle (incredible rehab start today) are ready to join the big club.

It isn’t hyperbole to say that that has the makings of a great pitching rotation.