Tagged: Chris Volstad

10/26 Royals claim Volstad

The Royals have claimed right-handed pitcher Chris Volstad off waivers from the Cubs. Acquired from the Marlins for Carlos Zambrano, Volstad was 3-12 with a 6.31 ERA in 21 starts for the Cubs, and 3-5 with a 5.17 ERA in 12 starts at Triple-A Iowa. He opened the season in the Cubs rotation but went 0-6 in eight starts before he was optioned to Iowa on May 18. He rejoined the Cubs Aug. 1, and went 3-5 with a 5.18 ERA in his final 12 starts. He snapped a 24-start winless streak with a win Aug. 26 against the Rockies. It was his first win since July 10, 2011, against the Astros.

The Cubs front office had hinted that Volstad would not be a part of the 2013 rotation. They are expected to add two more starters for next season.

— Carrie Muskat

10/2 Cubs lineup

It’s the last night game of the season Tuesday at Wrigley Field as the Cubs play Game 2 of their final series vs. the Astros. The Cubs have gone 10-19 so far in night games at Wrigley. Since lights were installed in 1988, the team is 254-253 (.501) in 507 home night games. The 30 home night games this season are a single-season franchise mark for the Cubs, surpassing 29 night games played at Wrigley Field in both 2010 and 2011

Here’s the lineup:

DeJesus RF

Barney 2B

Rizzo 1B

Soriano LF

Castro SS

Valbuena 3B

Castillo C

Jackson CF

Volstad P

— Carrie Muskat

9/30 Cubs vs. Astros

The Cubs have one series remaining in the 2012 regular season, and will wrap things up against the Astros, starting Monday night at Wrigley Field. Here are the pitching matchups:

Monday: RHP Jason Berken (0-2, 5.14) vs. RHP Lucas Harrell (10-11, 3.88)
Tuesday: RHP Chris Volstad (3-11, 6.64) vs. RHP Bud Norris (6-13, 4.82)
Wednesday: LHP Travis Wood (6-13, 4.39) vs. RHP Edgar Gonzalez (3-1, 4.15)


9/26 Volstad sets goals

Chris Volstad has two starts remaining, including Thursday in the series finale against the Rockies. The right-hander has set specific goals for those games, although he wouldn’t reveal them.

“There are goals I’ve set for myself and things I want to accomplish,” he said.

His record may not show it, but Volstad (3-10, 6.22 ERA) says this has been a good year for him.

“This is the year when I’ve learned the most as far as how to use my stuff individually, how to attack hitters, how to study that type of thing, as opposed to just relying on other people to do it or guide me along,” Volstad said Wednesday. “It’s definitely a learning process and it’s taken a little bit of time but this is the year when I’ve grown the most.”

He has been busy studying video to learn the best way he can use his pitches to be most effective.

“It also gives you added confidence knowing you have something you’re going to do and you’re the one in control of what you’re doing and not the other way around,” he said. “It’s ‘All right, this is what I’m doing here,’ and you go out and do it.”

 — Carrie Muskat

9/24 Cubs vs. Rockies

The Cubs head west for their final road trip of the 2012 season, and open a three-game series in Denver on Tuesday night. Here are the pitching matchups:

Tuesday: LHP Chris Rusin (1-2, 6.00) vs. LHP Jorge De La Rosa (0-1, 12.27)

Wednesday: RHP Jason Berken (0-1, 1.80) vs. LHP Drew Pomeranz (1-9, 5.30)

Thursday: RHP Chris Volstad (3-10, 6.22) vs. RHP Jhoulys Chacin (2-5, 4.58)

— Carrie Muskat

9/20 Here come the Cardinals

The Cubs play host to the Cardinals in a three-game series, which starts Friday. Dale Sveum expects to hear from a few of his friends on the Brewers about the importance of winning this weekend against the Redbirds. If the season ended today, St. Louis has clinched one of the Wild Card spots. But the Brewers are 2 1/2 games back.

“The Cardinals are coming in and it’s a spoiler factor to come out and play with a lot more enthusiasm than we’ve had the last few days and focus a little more,” Sveum said. “We’ve had a few breakdowns. We have to swing the bats a lot better than we have in some situations.”

Here are the pitching matchups:

Friday: Chris Volstad (3-10, 6.26) vs. Chris Carpenter (0-0, 0.00)

Saturday: Travis Wood (6-12, 4.25) vs. Adam Wainwright (13-13, 3.97)

Sunday: Justin Germano (2-8, 6.17) vs. Kyle Lohse (15-3, 2.71)

* Sunday will be Kerry Wood appreciation day at Wrigley Field. Wood and his family will be present, and they will sing the seventh inning stretch.

— Carrie Muskat


9/12 Extra bases

* On Wednesday, the Cubs end a stretch of 20 games in 20 days that began Aug. 24. So far, the team is 8-11. After an off day Thursday, the Cubs begin a 10-day, 10-game homestand against the Pirates, Reds and Cardinals.

* Wednesday’s game will be the Cubs’ last at Minute Maid Park before the Astros move to the American League West. The two teams meet again this year, Oct. 1-3, at Wrigley Field, and the Astros also are scheduled to play at Wrigley Field next year in Interleague play.

* Darwin Barney now has gone an National League record 127 straight games without an error at second. The Major League record is 141 games, set by Placido Polanco in 2007 with the Tigers. Barney’s streak spans 1,021 1/3 innings since his only miscue at second base this year, April 17 in Miami.

* Pitching matchups vs. Pirates:

Friday: LHP Chris Rusin (0-2, 5.73) vs. RHP James McDonald (12-7, 3.93)

Saturday: RHP Jason Berken (0-0, 0.00) vs. LHP Wandy Rodriguez (10-13, 3.72)

Sunday: RHP Chris Volstad (3-10, 5.99) vs. LHP Jeff Locke (0-1, 4.11)

Monday: LHP Travis Wood vs. RHP Kevin Correia (10-9, 4.29)

— Carrie Muskat