Looking to play the role of spoiler, the Chicago Cubs begin a three-game series with the San Francisco Giants on Friday afternoon. Back in early June, the Giants swept the Cubs over a four-game series in the last set of meetings between the two teams.
Right-hander Chris Volstad is taking the mound for the Cubs on Friday as he looks for his second consecutive victory. Despite occasionally pitching well this season, the 25-year-old managed to go winless through 24 consecutive outings before pitching six shutout innings in a 5-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Aug. 26.
The Cubs have performed far better at home than away this season, posting a 33-32 record at Wrigley Field. The team has been unimaginably bad on the road, though, winning just 17 of 65 games away from the friendly confines in 2012.