San Diego Padres starting pitcher Edinson Volquez got off to a rough start this season, but the right-hander is beginning to turn things around. Will Volquez be able to give another top-notch performance in order to help the Padres extend their winning streak to five games?
Volquez gave up 16 earned runs on 21 hits through his first three starts of the season. In fact, he only made it past the fourth inning in one of those contests. However, the eight-year veteran has posted a 3-0 record with a 2.49 earned run average and 12 strikeouts in his last four starts. The only poor outing among the four contests occurred against the Chicago Cubs on April 30 when Volquez surrendered four earned runs. However, San Diego was able to give him enough run support for the victory.
“Starting pitching is so critical to a team’s success,” Padres manager Bud Black said, according to Padres.com. “We’ve seen the early-count strikes from Volky and the secondary pitches for strikes. You put it all together and you have three wins and a lot of zeros.”
Volquez and the Padres will have a good chance to extend their winning streak Friday night when they take on the Tampa Bay Rays. However, Volquez will have to keep the ball in the ball park as the Rays rank fifth in the American League in home runs (40). They also do not strikeout much, but considering Volquez has not really been a strikeout pitcher so far this season, that might not be something that will come into play.
As long as the 29-year-old continues to mix in his secondary pitches well, San Diego should have a decent chance of winning the game. With that being said, the offense will have to bring their big bats as Rays starter Alex Cobb has pitched very well this season.