Kansas City Royals Week Three Review: Who’s Hot, Who’s Not

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3. Edinson Volquez

It was quite the interesting week for Edinson Volquez. First, he dominated the Twins on April 20th, allowing only one run on five hits and a walk in seven innings. Then he was in the middle of the brawl on Thursday, throwing haymakers and attempting to square off against anyone that was willing to take him on. Then on Sunday, Volquez was victimized by his defense, as he once again pitched a solid game.

Overall for the week, Volquez gave up only two earned runs on ten hits and three walks, striking out eleven in his 12.2 innings of work. Unfortunately, Volquez was only 1-1 on the week, as he was victimized by a costly error, leading to five runs scoring in the sixth inning.

Yet, even with that start, the Kansas City Royals are certainly getting the pitcher they hoped for. Looking to find someone that would be able to replace James Shields in the rotation, Edinson Volquez has definitely provided that type of production over the first three weeks of his Royals career. Hopefully, he can keep this type of performance going.

If not for the incident on Thursday that resulted in a five game suspension, Volquez may rank higher on the list. However, even pending appeal, Volquez may end up having to miss a start. With Yordano Ventura also suspended for what should be a turn through the rotation, it could definitely hurt going forward.

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