In the interest of remaining upbeat, let’s talk about the inevitable Game Four. I didn’t disagree with the choice of Edinson Volquez to start Game One, and nothing has changed my mind on that. I see some people saying that “Travis Wood came in and pitched great and he’s a lefty and he almost pitched a perfect game against these guys and he should have started instead of Volquez anyway”. Ummm…okay. Travis Wood wasn’t going to start last night’s game in any scenario you could cook up.
All that’s moot at this point, but there is a very real conundrum about who to start in Game Four. Over at MLB.com, I see the following headline: “Wood could spell Volquez in possible Game 4”. I clicked over, expecting to see a quote from Dusty giving some indication that he might think about going with Wood. Of course, there was nothing of the sort, just a writer making suppositions.
Heck, we can do that too! I have an idea what Dusty is going to do, but it’s an interesting decision, and I look forward to hearing what you guys think.
On the one hand, Travis Wood has now pitched 12.1 scoreless innings against Philadelphia, and he just looked like a man last night. Cool Hand Luke. There is a pretty good argument that he has been the best Reds pitcher in the second half, and I probably would have had him in the rotation as the Game Three starter anyway (as I said a couple of weeks ago.)
On the other hand, Edinson Volquez is still Edinson Volquez. He still has the best stuff on the staff, and Dusty thinks highly of him (or he wouldn’t have been starting the opener). Dusty also has that penchant for sticking with his guys, for better or worse.
My prediction: Volquez starts Game Four. What’s your prediction?