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The big inning has been the achilles heel for Volstad this season
Chicago Cubs pitcher Chris Volstad can't seem to avoid the big inning.
The second inning did Volstad in on Saturday as he gave up three runs en route to a 5-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field.
“Runners on from the stretch has been a struggle; it’s no secret,” Volstad said in an ESPN.com article. “That one inning. I just have to be better in those situations. That’s all it comes down to.”
Cubs skipper Dale Sveum seems to think Volstad's woes could be associated to his mechanics from the stretch.
“It might be pitching out of the stretch for some reason,” Sveum said. “Not being as effective out of the stretch or he can't keep the ball down out of the stretch. Whatever it might be we've got to get it fixed.”
One thing is for certain, Volstad will need to figure what is going on with his stretch mechanics if he is going to hold onto his spot in the rotation. Volstad is scheduled to start on Saturday against the Milwaukee Brewers.