Chris Volstad only gave up one run in five innings in his last start, earning a win. It was, however, against the cellar dwelling Astros. Today’s game will be against the once-mighty Pirates, who are still somehow only two games out of the last Wild Card spot in the National League.
Cubs.com tells me that Chris Volstad has a 4.08 ERA in his last eight starts, which has his season ERA down to 5.99, along with a 3-10 record. Taking the mound for the Pirates is rookie lefty Jeff Locke (0-1, 4.11). His last start was against the Cubs on September 9, when he went six innings, allowing two earned runs on seven hits and no walks. That was the game in Pittsburgh that Alfonso Soriano won with a two-run homer in the eighth, so Locke didn’t get a decision.
There are no lineups posted as of yet, so you’ll have to figure those out for yourself. Game time is 1:20 Central and you can watch on WGN if you’re not watching football.