Roy Halladay, like the rest of the club, is trying to get over a hurdle. The right-hander has not won since April 16, having taken a loss in three of his last five starts. The recent slump includes his seven-inning, two-run effort on May 12 in which he struck out 10 and walked one against the Padres. In his last two starts (0-1), Halladay has allowed four earned runs over 14 innings with a 17-to-2 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
"That's my job, to give us a chance and do it consistently. And that's what I'm going to try to continue to do. You can't get caught up in personal wins and losses. As a team, yeah, it's important to win," Halladay said after his last outing, referring to the Phillies' lack of run support behind him.
The Phillies have scored just three runs combined in his three losses and two runs in his no-decision on May 7. The lone outburst behind Halladay was a 13-run onslaught against the Braves on May 2, but it was a night in which Halladay had his worst outing with the Phillies in an eight-run shelling.
The Cubs took advantage of one of those poor offensive nights, defeating Halladay and the Phillies, 5-1, on April 27.
While the Phillies try to climb back over .500, Cubs starter Chris Volstad is still looking for his first victory since July 10. The right-hander is 0-5 this season and has been roughed up along the way to the tune of a 6.92 ERA. He comes off a loss to the Brewers on May 12, when he allowed six earned runs on nine hits. Volstad has just one quality start to his credit this season, going back to April 14.
Volstad's 13 career starts against Philadelphia are more than any other club he's faced. However, he is just 2-5 with 5.89 lifetime ERA versus the Phillies, including a no-decision on April 30, when he allowed four earned runs over six innings.
Phillies: Ruiz's impressive run continues
Carlos Ruiz's hot start to the season continued on Wednesday thanks to a 2-for-4 night, with his seventh home run of the season, a tiebreaking shot in the eighth, and three runs scored. Ruiz now leads all Major League catchers with a .343 batting average and ranks in the top five among all catchers in home runs, RBIs, hits, doubles and extra-base hits. Ruiz has been held hitless in just two of his 10 starts this month. He has five multihit games in May.
Cubs: DeJesus dialed in
David DeJesus' season got off to a quiet start, but the outfielder has turned a corner in May. In 13 games since May 3, DeJesus boasts a .326 (17-for-52) batting average and has hit safely in 11 of his last 13 games, including eight consecutive games dating back to May 9. He has raised his batting average to .273, up from .237 on May 2.
Bryan LaHair's streak of 32 consecutive games reaching base was snapped on Wednesday as he went 0-for-4. It was the longest such streak by a Cubs first baseman since Phil Cavarretta reached based in 32 straight games from June 10-July 12, 1945.
The Phillies are 4-0 on Thursdays this season.