Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Know Your Enemy - Cincy - 2010 NLDS Edition

Game 1 Starter
Let's talk a little bit about Edinson Volquez, shall we.

Senor Volquez tested positive for a performance enhancing drug last off-season and was suspended for fifty games. Volquez said he took a prescribed medication "to treat a common medical issue and start a family." Hmmm, why does this sound familiar? Oh yeah, David Bell! Remember, Bell was accused of receiving a shipment of hCG which is used as a male fertility drug because it increases testosterone, hence the performance enhancing aspect of the drug and subsequently one's sperm count, hence the "start a family" bullshit.

But why would Volquez take a drug that is obviously on the banned list? Any real (read: degree not from the Dominican) doctor would know this would get an athlete suspended. Simple, he knew he wouldn't miss any games. He jacked up his elbow and had Tommy John surgery last August and MLB rules allowed him to serve his suspension while rehabbing from the surgery.

If he would have been suspended during time when he was able to play, he would only have made four or five starts this season, instead of twelve. Volquez lost about $120k because of the suspension but the team got eight valuable starts. What do you think are the odds that the Reds make that up to him on the back end?

The fertility drug helped his rehab but still no word on whether there is a little Edinson walking around. Doubtful.

Game 2 Starter
Bronson Arroyo is also an admitted 'roid user. He said this in an article last year:

"I took androstenedione the same way I took my multivitamins. I take 10 to 12 different things a day, and on the days I pitch, there's four more things. There's a caffeine drink I take from a company that (former teammate) Curt Schilling introduced me to in '05. I take some Korean ginseng and a few other proteins out there that are not certified. But I haven't failed any tests, so I figured I'm good."

Game 3 Starter
I don't know if Johnny Cueto is a 'roid user, but I do know he's a punk bitch of the greatest degree. Here is the Youtube video of Cueto kicking Jason Larue in the head during the Reds/Cardinals brawl this year. The kicks caused Larue to have lingering post-concussion symptoms and ended his career. Stay classy, Johnny Cueto.

18 comments:

Preserve Jon said...

October.
Baseball.

GM-Carson said...

MLB produced rally videos for the playoff teams, here's the Phillies one.

GM-Carson said...

Honestly, I feel the Phils are going to sweep the Reds. Not that the Reds are a bad team, I just think the Phils are that much better.

And screw their entire pitching staff, the whole way down to 105 mph Chapman and Artie Rhodes.

Bob D said...

Do you have a thing for David Bell? Your mention of him makes me angry that we kept him and traded Polly away.

GM-Carson said...

We have "a thing" against David Bell. He's possibly our most hated Phillie of all-time. But according to Wheels- he did all the little things right.

Preserve Jon said...

Polanco's out with a back injury.

GM-Carson said...

WHAT?!?!?!?!?!?!

GM-Carson said...

From Phillies.com-
Polanco is not in the lineup Wednesday for Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Cincinnati Reds at Citizens Bank Park. He strained his back Monday, received treatment Tuesday, but told the Phillies on Wednesday he could not play.

Corey said...

david bell never missed one playoff game due to injury...

Andrew said...

4-0 already. Doc needs nothing more. See you on Friday.

Bob D said...

Hopefully David Bell is not missing this game either - from his couch!

GM-Carson said...

This Roy Halladay guy looks okay. Nothing spectacular, but you know, he's getting the job done at least.

Corey said...

can't get a run after the second inning? this team sucks.

Andrew said...

How about Dubee's interview midway through the game? Could the pitching coach sound any less impressed with perhaps the greatest pitcher of the last decade?

GM-Carson said...

Halladay is f'n amazing. Tremendous season and an unbelievable start to his postseason.

On XM radio someone said "It'll be hard for Doc to outdo what Cliff Lee did in his first postseason start for the Phillies last season." Unnnhhhhh, wrong, thanks for playing.

Corey said...

is cliff lee the guy that the phillies traded for frenchy, sucky, and sniff-sniff?

Andrew said...

Corey - Who's Cliff Lee?

Bloodstripes said...

Doc is incredible.