Edinson Volquez played a poignant purpose in removing Pittsburgh to a playoffs final season, though his final start for a Pirates was an uninspiring opening in a wild-card loss.
Now with a Kansas City Royals, Volquez will see his former group for a initial time given that diversion Wednesday night.
Volquez went 9-1 with a 1.85 ERA in his final 17 regular-season starts for a Pirates, though he gave adult 5 runs in five-plus innings in an 8-0 wild-card better to San Francisco. He was 13-7 with a career-best 3.04 ERA in 32 games with Pittsburgh before signing a two-year, $20 million understanding with Kansas City in a offseason.
Volquez (8-5, 3.28 ERA) has a 2.16 ERA in his final 3 games, though his winless widen reached 4 with a 2-0 better to a Chicago White Sox on Friday. He yielded dual runs in 6 1/3 innings in his initial detriment in 8 games given Jun 5 and was strike 3 times by line drives.
“I thought, actually, Volquez had his best things that he’s had, generally in his final few starts,” manager Ned Yost told MLB’s central website.
The right-hander will try to assistance a Royals win their three-game array over Pittsburgh following a 3-1 feat Tuesday. Kansas City (56-36) had 3 hits in their initial 7 innings opposite Gerrit Cole, though Jarrod Dyson snapped a scoreless tie with a two-run singular off a vital joining wins personality in a eighth.
The Royals will face Charlie Morton (6-3, 4.34) in their try during a 12th win in 15 games and ninth in 11 home contests.
Morton mislaid to Milwaukee on Friday, giving adult 4 runs in 6 innings in a 4-1 defeat. He’s 1-3 with an 8.03 ERA in his final 5 starts after going 5-0 with a 1.62 ERA in his initial five.
The Pirates (54-39) had won 10 of 11 in interleague play, including 6 true on a road, before losing Tuesday. It was their fourth better in 5 games given a All-Star mangle after formerly winning 11 of 13.
Kansas City was batting .320 in a 12 games before that feat though was hold to 6 hits. The Royals had totaled 13 or some-more hits in 3 in a row, including a 10-7 detriment in Monday’s array opener. They’ve played a final 10 games though left fielder Alex Gordon, going 7-3 while batting .298 and averaging 4.9 runs, and expected won’t have him until a season’s final month.
Dyson and Paulo Orlando have separate time in left margin in his place. It appears a lefty-hitting Dyson will get a third true start with Pittsburgh starting another right-hander. Orlando hasn’t played in this array though is 5 for 15 with dual homers and 5 RBIs in his final 4 games.
“Both guys have played good invulnerability and got some purchase hits for us,” manager Ned Yost said. “They’ve been pivotal bottom hits in pivotal situations.”
Volquez, 2-0 in 3 interleague starts, is confronting Pittsburgh for a initial time given Aug. 20, 2012. He’s 2-0 with a 4.18 ERA in 9 lifetime matchups.
Morton mislaid his usually start opposite Kansas City in 2009.