Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Edinson Volquez (36) – Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
Without a doubt the best starting pitcher for the KC Royals in 2015 so far has been Edinson Volquez.
The Royals signed Volquez during the off season and a lot of people bashed the signing. People felt that Volquez wasn’t the same type of pitcher as James Shields, and while they’re kind of right, Volquez has easily been the best guy on the mound so far this season.
In a one game Wildcard playoff game situation, Edinson Volquez would be the only guy I’d want to see out there on the mound for the Kansas City Royals.
With a 3.10 in 13 starts, Volquez has gone 6-4 and has looked downright nasty during his time with the Royals. Sure, he’s had a few bad starts, like last month against the Cleveland Indians when he only lasted three innings and allowed three runs, but he’s been the best option. Volquez had a rough time that game due to a blister on his hand, but has looked great ever since.
The best part about Volquez isn’t just that his command is fantastic, but also that he gives the team innings and allows the bullpen time to rest. In all but that one bad game, Volquez has made it to five innings and has gone six plus innings in seven games. Volquez has certainly been worth the money.
In a one game Wildcard playoff game situation, Edinson Volquez would be the only guy I’d want to see out there on the mound for the Kansas City Royals. He can eat up innings and has shown that he’s a force to be reckoned with against batters. He may not be James Shields, but he’s the best starting pitcher the Royals have this season, and fans are confident every game that he is slated to start.