Originally Posted by Trader Jack
Cueto is turning into not only the ace of this staff but a top of the line starter in all of MLB. I just don't understand why everyone is ready to give up on Edison. He barely had a spring training and is still young.
That is 6 quality starters. Sam has found his niche in the pen and I think it should stay that way. How the Reds should balance those starters, I'm not sure. But, if Homer is healthy, then I think Wood is the odd man out. I don't think its deserved, but its hard to argue with keeping Leake in the rotation.
I'm not saying you're wrong or don't make any good points. But with Volquez, young is relative. I mean he's older than Cueto, he's older than Homer Bailey. Obviously you can't look at two or three guys and say they're all going to develop along the same career path. But you look at those two, Cueto and Bailey, and they had their bumps in the road and learned from them and became better pitchers. Volquez certainly has had more than a spring training's worth of innings now and seems to be going backward in his development. Now, the one thing Edison has had to deal with that the other two have not and hopefully never will have to deal with is recovering from Tommy John surgery.
But I've never been overly impressed with Edison's demeanor on the mound. I'm not saying he doesn't work at it, but Cueto always seemed to want it a bit more than Volquez did. That's coming from an outsider who obviously doesn't have any real idea. But that's always been my feeling.