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Cubs Volstad (0-9) Last 17 Starts

By bullpenbrian at 05.05.2012 2 comments.

Chris Volstad (0-4) continues to be consistently ineffective.

He was again haunted by the big inning on Saturday thanks to a two-run double by the opposing pitcher. I mean, that just can’t happen.

It’s been 17 consecutive starts since Volstad last won a big league outing. He’s taken a loss nine times with eight no decisions.

Travis Wood is replacing Garza on Sunday. If Wood pitches well, the Cubs might give some thought to replacing Volstad in the rotation.

It’s only been six starts, but Volstad hasn’t shown improvement. His ERA is above 6-runs and he’s yet to pitch past the sixth inning.

Chicago has committed four errors in its last three games. That’s 24 total for the season and good for third most in the NL behind only San Diego & San Francisco.

Cubs pitchers are responsible for five errors. Starlin Castro already has eight, the most in the majors.

After clubbing 10 or more hits over the last three games, the Cubs settled for five on Saturday.

Castro collected three hits and has 70 multi hit games since the start of the 2011 season. That’s the most of any hitter in the NL.

Glad to see Sveum stick with Bryan LaHair against Dodgers lefty Chris Capuano. Although, it’s not really that tough of a decision.

LaHair failed to get a hit, ending his 10-game hitting streak, but he did walk twice to extend his streak of reaching base safely to 23-straight games.

Joe Mather’s pinch-hit HR on Friday extended the club’s home run streak to five straight and apparently prompted Sveum to give Mather the start on Saturday.

Mather went hitless in four at-bats with two strikeouts in just his sixth start of the season.

Tony Campana, meanwhile, is falling back to earth after a hot start at the plate. He’s 1-for-13 over his last five games.

Neither he or Mather is taking the reins for the full time role in center field leaving the door wide open for Brett Jackson’s arrival.

Chris Capuano ran his record to (4-0) with seven shutout innings on Saturday. The Dodgers signed him this offseason for 2yr, $10M with an option for 2014. What a steal so far.

Despite a poor showing on Saturday, the Cubs still have a chance to win the series on Sunday. That would be a feather in the cap given the Dodgers (18-9) are tied with Washington for the best record in the NL.

Lastly, I wonder what former Cub Ted Lilly said to home plate umpire Tim Timmons in the fifth inning? Whatever was said, it was enough for Lilly to be ejected.

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2 Comments

  1. As a Marlins fan, Volstad’s turn in the rotation always meant having to fight back to win. He gives up way too many early hits and runs to be effective.

    A quick check shows that he has just 3 complete games in 108 starts, the most recent being in 2010.

    • bullpenbrian says:

      Yeah, you’ve been spot on since the Cubs acquired him for Zambrano.

      Not sure what the Cubs will do with Volstad. They don’t have many alternatives, which is the only thing buying him more time in the rotation.

      I’d like to see the guy ‘figure’ it out. Outside of the one bad inning per outing, he’s actually pitched relatively well.

      Pitching from the stretch & out of trouble spots has been his Achilles heel. Getting that first win would be huge confidence builder.

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