5/13 Volstad will make next start

Chris Volstad isn’t getting any margin for error during his starts, so when he has one bad inning, it hurts him. It’s happened each start, including Saturday when he gave up five runs in the Brewers sixth.

“Right now for him, he’s not getting any run support and every pitch is magnified,” Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio said of the right-hander, who is 0-5 in seven starts. “As a staff, we need to have plays made behind us. Yesterday, he did a poor job of trying to execute the pitch in an 0-1 count [to Edwin Maysonet] and the ball cut a little bit and a light-hitting Triple-A guy hits the ball down the line for a grand slam.”

Volstad now is winless in his last 18 starts, dating back to last July. The Cubs won’t skip him in the rotation, and he was scheduled to make his next start Thursday when the team returns home to face the Phillies. One option the Cubs could do is move Casey Coleman into Volstad’s spot in the rotation. Coleman was added to the roster Saturday when Carlos Marmol was placed on the disabled list.

“How do you fix [Volstad] is the million dollar question,” Dale Sveum said.

— Carrie Muskat


any word on getting volstad’s command of his slider under control? he can pound the bottom of the zone with his sinker successfully which is nice, but having that slider in his back pocket to trip up hitters and could keep him at 1-2 runs rather than 4-6 runs in those “bad innings”.

Hi Carrie,

With Marlon being traded is there any talk of a replacement blogger? Might we see the return of “Reed Between the Lines”? The people are crying out for it!


million dollar answer: send volstad to iowa

Perhaps Volstad should try a short relief role out of the bullpin. He probably could avoid the big inning that way

peter, I like it. Could be similar to when Dempster was the closer. Worth a try anyway.

Volstad has an option left – while Travis Wood hasn’t being tearing up trees in AAA he did ok in his one start… anything better than forfeiting the current 1 in 5 by trotting out Volstad to the mound.

As for the blog, bring back Reed…

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