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

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1. Edinson Volquez

Earlier today, John Viril wrote an article suggesting that Edinson Volquez may be the ace of the Kansas City Royals starting rotation. Given his performance during the early going, this may prove to be quite accurate.

Volquez continued his strong start to the season last week. While his start against the Rangers was not exactly one for the highlight reel, he shut down the New York Yankees yesterday, holding them to three hits over seven shutout innings. It was the type of start that the Royals definitely needed from the pitcher who has taken over as their stopper.

For the week, Volquez allowed four runs on nine hits and four walks over twelve innings, striking out eight. Even more importantly, his excellent outing yesterday allowed the Royals to give their bullpen an extra day of rest, so that everyone will be at full strength heading into their series against the Reds starting on Tuesday.

The Kansas City Royals signed Edinson Volquez to replace James Shields in the rotation. Right now, Volquez has replaced Shields in every way possible.

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