Game One Hundred Twenty-Six: Cubs (48-77) vs. Rockies (51-74)
Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 183/914
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Chris Volstad (0-9, 6.88/1.53) vs. Jhoulys Chacin (1-3, 6.16/-.–)
Weather permitting … The Cubs and Rockies square off in the rubber match of the three-game series this afternoon. Both teams have handed the other one a victory in the first two games and have shown multiple times why they own two of the worst record in the Senior Circuit.
Chris Volstad ran his winless streak to 24 games with last Sunday’s no decision against the Reds. Volstad’s drought is tied for the sixth longest winless streak in the Line Ball Era. The Cubs have said that Volstad will stay in the rotation for the remainder season … the Cubs are 1-12 in his 13 starts this season.
Darwin Barney has not been charged with an error at second base in 110 straight games, Barney is three games short of tying the N.L. single season record for consecutive errorless games at second base (David Eckstein, 113 in 2010). Ryne Sandberg owns the Cubs all-time mark for consecutive errorless games at second base … 123 games from June 21, 1989 through May 17, 1990.
Josh Vitters went 0-for-4 on Saturday but squared the ball up three times in his four at bats. Vitters has shown improvement in his approach but is still struggling in the field. Vitters is working with the coaching staff on his defense on just about a daily basis. Vitters has been inconsistent at best in the field and needs to show improvement over the final five weeks of the season.
In other news … Blake Lalli cleared waivers and accepted his assignment to Triple-A Iowa.
Alex Hinshaw became the 48th different player used by the Cubs this season when he made his debut during the seventh inning of Saturday’s game. The Cubs used 51 players during the 2000 season, the most players used in a single season for the organization. With September call-ups just around the corner, the franchise record could be broken. Reports have varied on which players on the 40-man roster will be called up when rosters expand on September 1. Adrian Cardenas and Tony Campana figure to be a lock. Jeff Beliveau and Chris Rusin will return as well. The Cubs have not said whether or not Dave Sappelt will make his Cubs’ debut or if Scott Maine will get another shot before the end of the season. The recently acquire Miguel Socolovich is expected to be recalled when rosters expand.
This afternoon all starts with Chris Volstad … Chris Volstad is coming off a no decision against the Reds. Volstad had “one bad inning” once again and surrendered three of the four runs he allowed in the fourth. Volstad settled down after the fourth and retired the last eight batters he faced. Volstad’s final line against the Reds (four runs on seven hits with a walk and four strikeouts in six innings) looked like so many of his starts this season … four runs on x-amount of hits in six innings of work with one or two walks and less than a handful of strikeouts.
Chris Volstad has shown improvement since being recalled earlier this month. Volstad was a miserable 0-7 in his first nine starts with a 7.94 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP and is 0-2 in his last four starts with a 4.88 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.
Chris Volstad has struggled in five career appearances against the Rockies. Volstad owns a 2-3 mark in five games, four starts, with a 5.64 ERA and a 1.79 WHIP.
Carlos Gonzalez (3-for-6 with a home run), Ramon Hernandez (1-for-6) and Dexter Fowler (2-for-8 with a triple) are the only three players on the Rockies’ active roster that have faced Chris Volstad.
Jhoulys Chacin spent nearly four months on the DL with right shoulder inflammation and will make just his seventh start of the season this afternoon. The Rockies placed Chacin on the shelf on May 2 after starting the season 0-3 in five starts with a 7.30 ERA and a 1.86 WHIP. Chacin was activated on August 21 and appeared to be his old self again.
Chacin picked up his first win of the year in his last outing. Chacin held the Mets to one run on four hits without a walk and two strikeouts in six innings. The Rockies need Chacin to pitch like he did in 2010 (9-11 in 28 games, 21 starts, with a 3.28 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP) and again last season (11-14 in 31 starts with a 3.62 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP).
Jhoulys Chacin will make his fourth career start against the Cubs this afternoon. Chacin is 1-2 in four appearances, three starts, with a 4.15 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP … at Wrigley Field, 0-2 in two starts with a 7.59 ERA and a 2.06 WHIP.
Cubs Career Numbers against Jhoulys Chacin
- Darwin Barney – 0-for-3 with a walk
- Starlin Castro – 1-for-10 with a triple
- Anthony Rizzo – 1-for-5
- Alfonso Soriano – 2-for-7 with a double
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