8/26 Volstad’s streak

If the weather cooperates, Chris Volstad will take the mound on Sunday and try to end his 24-start winless streak, which dates back to July 17, 2011. Volstad is 0-14 during that span.

“I think he’s handled it as good as anybody can handle it,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said of Volstad. “He’s very calm and collected most of the time. He doesn’t show a lot of emotion, good or bad. He just goes about his business and works and is trying to make adjustments.

“We haven’t gotten him a lot of run support either,” Sveum said. “He’s handled everything extremely well for the adversity he’s had to go through.”

The Cubs have scored one or fewer runs while Vosltad has been on the mound in eight of his 13 starts. He has not received more than three runs of support in any of his starts this year.

The record for longest winless streak is 28 starts, shared by Jo-Jo Reyes (2008-11) and Matt Keough (1978-79).

“Hopefully it doesn’t happen,” Sveum said about Volstad reaching that mark. “We all know it’s getting closer and closer to that. Hopefully today we can just take care of it and score some runs. We have to score early and keep adding on. We have a very difficult time of doing that.”

– Carrie Muskat

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