5/12 Volstad frustrated again in loss
What do the Cubs do with Chris Volstad? Once again, he was the victim of one bad inning. Dale Sveum suggested they may need to do more than just tweak the right-hander’s grip.
“It’s been really hard, frustrating,” said Volstad, winless in his last 18 starts. “I’m working my [backside] off and don’t have a lot to show for it.”
The Brewers had the bases loaded in the sixth when unlikely slugger Edwin Maysonet hit a grand slam off Volstad. The right-hander had cruised through the first five innings, giving up three hits.
“That’s the way it’s been for every game,” Volstad said. “I’ve done so well except for one inning. It’s hard to pinpoint the difference. I’ve got to keep working.”
Acquired from the Marlins for Carlos Zambrano, Volstad (0-5) is trying to impress his new team.
“He was doing well and it just got away from him again,” Sveum said. “The slider got him in trouble again. It’s a pitch he needs but it’s getting hit too often and too hard. He was put in a situation to get a ground ball and couldn’t get out of it and close that thing down. It just got out of hand again.”
Will Sveum and the Cubs make a change?
“You’re going to consider it,” Sveum said. “There are options and things you can try and other people you can try. We’re all frustrated with the starts and the innings and the five shutout innings and one big inning. Whatever, six, seven starts in, we can’t get a grip on it.”
Volstad admitted he may be trying to do too much.
“I’m trying to make too good of a slider as opposed to just throwing a normal slider like I was in the earlier innings, that could’ve been it,” Volstad said about the sixth. “[I have to work on] just the location of it, not really the break or speed or anything like that, just where the pitch is located.”
— Carrie Muskat