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.