2013 Dodgers review: Edinson Volquez

Thearon W. Henderson

A look back at the 2013 for the right-hander, whom the Dodgers picked up off the scrap heap in late August.

Edinson Volquez was one of 11 pitchers to start for the Dodgers in 2013.

What went right

After a disaster of a year in San Diego - putting up a 6.01 ERA with Petco Park as his home field and averaging barely over five innings per start - Volquez pitched much better with the Dodgers.

The Dodgers signed Volquez on Aug. 30 after he was released by the Padres and the right-hander was able to help stretch out the rotation in the season's final month. Volquez struck out 26 in 28 innings and walked eight, much better strikeouts and walk rates than he had in San Diego, and put up a 4.18 ERA.

After a typically bad start at Coors Field, Volquez had a 3.52 ERA over his final four starts, including six strikeouts while pitching into the seventh inning against the Padres on Sept. 20.

In a somewhat surprising move, Volquez even made the Dodgers' NLCS roster, though he didn't pitch in any of the six games against the Cardinals.

Volquez had a better xFIP (3.27 vs. 4.23) & SIERA (3.54 vs. 4.49) with the Dodgers in 2013 than with the Padres, though his FIP was slightly better with San Diego (4.21 vs. 4.37).

What went wrong

Volquez did allow five home runs to his 118 batters faced with the Dodgers (23.6 plate appearances per homer), compared to just 14 home runs allowed to 659 batters with the Padres (47.1 PA/homer).

Including his first start as a Dodger, Volquez made four starts in Coors Field in 2013, and the results were disastrous. In 16⅔ innings in Denver he allowed 35 hits and 25 runs, more hits and runs allowed in one season at Coors Field by any non-Rockies pitcher, ever.

2014 status

Volquez, 31, is a free agent.

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