Originally Posted by _Sir_Charles_
Well, first off, let me say that I'm a big Leake fan AND a big Volquez fan. My posts lately may not show that, but I love Volquez. His attitude and his talent.
Secondly, I also don't think it's clear that Leake has pitched better than Edinson. Leake has struggled with his command early on as well. Not to the extreme that Edinson has, but Leake doesn't have the gas that Volquez does either to offset a lack of command. When Mike is walking 4 guys in a game, that's a HORRIFIC game for him. He's been up in the zone quite a bit too, which is totally the opposite of his norm.
That being said, once Cueto & Homer are healthy, as things stand now I'd be in favor of sending both Edinson & Mike to Louisville. I don't think either are suited for the bullpen and they both need to pitch regularly every 5 days to work out of their struggles and improve their command. Now if one of Homer or Cueto aren't ready and I had to choose between Mike & Edinson...I'd lean towards Mike. He doesn't have the huge upside that Edinson does, BUT he's fully healthy, needs the experience, has better control and IMO has a smaller chance of having a disastrous start. If it turns out that Sam LeCure falls off considerably, then I'd lean towards Leake as well. But for the long man, I prefer Maloney there. Sink or swim. He's got nothing left to prove in the minors and between he and Sam, I think Sam's got the better shot to be a MLB starter (albeit a #5).
As for Volquez being a "K machine", I'm not seeing that yet. He's on a pace right now of just 2 more K's per game than Leake, Wood & Arroyo. LeCure is averaging more K's than Edinson. Over the long haul...yeah, he'll get more K's...but until he improves his command, he'll never be a "K machine".
What upside? Here are Edinson's career MLB stats.
Between 4/06/08 - 6/20/08: 16 games 95 IP 1.71 ERA
All other games in Career: 62 games 316 IP 5.33 ERA
Now you can't just take out his first 16 starts with the Reds but at the same time Leake's first half of last year often gets discounted when talking about him.
I think Leake has been a little wild this season. It appears that his command is off a tad which is not a good thing for Mike. But if it were up to me, I have less faith in Edinson ever gaining control than I do with Leake regaining his control.