With Edinson Volquez signing with the Reds today, Cincinnati avoided arbitration with all their eligible players. The Reds hope their young right-hander returns to his 2008 form, which yielded a 3.21 ERA as he posted a 17-6 record. Despite not pitching much in the last two season, Volquez made an adjustment that should help in the long run.
In 2008, Edinson avoided the center of the plate when pitching against left-handed batters:
Lefties only managed a .246/.340/.356 slash line against Volquez that year. He walked a few, but with low power, that didn't hurt him much.
Since that season, however, Volquez stopped throwing inside to lefties:
This pattern produced a slash line with a higher OBP, but lower contact numbers, .217/.344/.328. That seems to be a worthwhile tradeoff if Volquez can keep that pattern going.