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It happened! Chris Volstad was actually good last night, giving up only a two-run homer to Matt Kemp (pretty excusable). We’ve been waiting for him to put together an entirely good start from beginning to end, and it happened. Unfortunately, Volstad still gets the loss, because, for the second straight night, the Cubs’ offense mustered just one run.

  • https://twitter.com/cubsfantroy @cubsfantroy

    At least Volstad looked good. To bad the Cubs couldn’t score any runs for him. Maybe, just maybe he can build off of that start and turn in another solid performance his next time out.

  • FromFenwayPahk

    Nice to see Volstad being himself. Good.
    And
    Some Super Joe Photo Shop fodder off the Tribune site. (We’ll have to wait to use it until SJ is dragging those Kemp smashes back into the park.
    [img]http://www.chicagotribune.com/media/photo/2012-08/71613324.jpg[/img]

  • RY34

    maybe we could score two runs today, offense back to being horrible. however nice to see volstad finally earn some of his paycheck!

    • Quintz

      Not sure it’s fair to use last night as a marker for the offense. Kershaw makes good offenses look silly. Wait until they can’t hit Joe Blanton tonight, then bash them:)

      • RY34

        i hear ya for the most part but our offense will suck again today, blanton will mesmerize us.

  • magilljl

    Not gonna do too many backflips over one start from Volstad, but if he can string a few together and turn it around, it’d be nice to see… as well as a nice job by Bosio

  • oswego chris

    Sorry to be the Cynic this morning, but let’s see Volsatd pitch well somewhere other than the best pitchers park in the NL before we think we have a potential 5th starter….

    you know… to go with all of our other 5th starters

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I’m not sure anyone was thinking that.

  • Dane

    David Kaplan tweeted earlier about the % of sinkers that Volstad throws when he is effective compared to when he is struggling. Sounds like it is just pitch selection and frequency, which is a good sign because it is an easy fix.

    11h David Kaplan David Kaplan ‏@thekapman

    Just did some research on Fan Graphs after Todd Hollandsworth noticed something with Volstad’s pitch selection.

    David Kaplan ‏@thekapman

    After throwing almost 70% fastballs early in his career Volstad has gotten away from sinking fastball (his best pitch) throwing only 56-57%.
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    David Kaplan ‏@thekapman

    When he throws sinking FB he is very effective. Slider + changeup are where he gets killed. He has to throw more FB with curve occasionally

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Good stuff, Dan. Thanks.

  • Idaho Razorback

    How many games in a row has Volstad lost?

    • RY34

      well he hasn’t won in over a year, july 10th of last year i think was close to his last win.

    • FromFenwayPahk

      Well, the TEAMS he’s thrown for have lost a ton. Are you looking for a (pseudo)stat to kick him in the groin with, Razorback?

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