Re: Tracking - Alonso, Grandal, Volquez, Boxberger, Sappelt, Wood, Torreyes
Originally Posted by dougdirt
He didn't seem poised to be an ace. Too many walks.
horse hockey. Nolan Ryan led the league in walks 8 times.
One stat does not make one a bad pitcher... It isn't walks that are killing him. It's hits. You can be successful walking a lot of guys if you keep the hits down and the ball in the yard. I liked Volquez because I believed he could do that. I was wrong. Had he stayed a 200+ IP guy and kept his hits allowed below 170, then he's valuable regardless of the walks. But the hits creeped up and the walk rate bumped up a bit too. That negated his best weapon, the strikeout.
But I don't believe the walk rate led to more hits. I think his stuff just became a bit more hittable.
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