Volstad does not have a "W" since July 10, 2011. In 12 starts at Triple-A Iowa, he was 3-5 with a 5.17 ERA and threw eight shutout innings in his last start July 27 against Oklahoma City.
Did Cubs manager Dale Sveum think Volstad was thinking too much about the losing streak?
"It's not not in his head," Sveum said Friday. "I think any human being will always be out there, 'Golly, I've got to do this,' and you start thinking, 'Man, I can't blow this because I have the lead, and I want this win.' Instead of just pitching, you're worrying about another entity that shouldn't be in your head, but I think it's only natural to be in your head."
Volstad hasn't gotten much offensive support as the Cubs have scored one or no runs while he's been on the mound in six of his nine starts. With the loss of Paul Maholm and Ryan Dempster, who were both traded, Volstad is likely in the Cubs' rotation for the rest of the season.