Game Forty-Two: Cubs (18-23) vs. Marlins (24-17)
Game Time – 6:10pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – Sun Life Stadium, Miami
Casey Coleman (1-3, 7.22/1.95) vs. Chris Volstad (2-2, 5.77/1.54)
After two miserable games in Cincinnati and a bounce back Wednesday night, the Cubs have a chance to even their record on the road trip tonight. The Cubs never stopped Wednesday but appeared to quit trying. They let the game come to them, which has not happened in recent weeks. The Cubs have a very difficult weekend ahead of them and a win tonight would go a long way.
Casey Coleman’s time in the Cubs’ rotation figures to be coming to an end with Randy Wells getting closer to making his return. Coleman should have two more starts to prove he can be a successful big league pitcher. The Cubs are just 2-9 in the 11 starts made by the fourth and fifth spots in the rotation. If the Cubs could have won just six of those 11 starts they would be playing to be a .500 team tonight.
The Cubs will play their final game at Sun Life Stadium tonight … the Marlins move into their new park next season. One of the stadiums that have a lot of bad memories for the Chicago Cubs will not longer be used as a baseball park.
The Cubs are 35-36 at Sun Life Stadium since 1993.
Tonight it all starts with Casey Coleman … Casey Coleman is coming off another horrible outing and his days in the Cubs rotation figure to be numbered. The Cardinals lit up Coleman (six runs on nine hits in 4 1/3 innings) seven days ago. Casey was coming off his best outing of the season against the Reds and followed it up with the dud against the Cardinals. Coleman issued four walks and for the first time this year, he did not strikeout a single batter.
Coleman was known as a control pitcher but with 20 walks and only 18 strikeouts in 28 2/3 innings this season, the word control will not be used much longer to describe the young right-hander.
Casey has pitched better on the road (1-1 in three starts with a 5.17 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP) than at Wrigley (0-2 in three starts with a 9.69 ERA and a 2.31 WHIP). Coleman is pitching to remain in the big leagues.
Tonight will be Casey Coleman’s second career start against the Fish. He won his only start last September 18 at Sun Life Stadium. Coleman and the Cubs beat the Marlins 5-3 and Coleman allowed all three runs on five hits with four walks and five strikeouts in six innings.
Emilo Bonifacio (0-for-2 with a walk), Wes Helms (0-for-2 with a walk) Logan Morrison (2-for-3 with a double), Gaby Sanchez (0-for-3) and Mike Stanton (1-for-2 with a walk) are the only Marlins on the active roster that have faced Casey Coleman.
Chris Volstad has not posted a win in nearly a month (April 26) but the Marlins are 2-1 in his last three starts (0-1 with a 6.35 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP). Volstad is coming off a no decision against the Nats in which he allowed four runs on eight hits with a walk and seven strikeouts in six innings.
Volstad is 2-1 in four home starts this season with a 4.24 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP.
The 6’8″ right-hander is 0-1 in five career starts against the Cubs with a 3.41 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP.
Cubs Career Numbers against Chris Volstad
- Jeff Baker – 0-for-3 with a walk
- Marlon Byrd – 2-for-3 with a double
- Starlin Castro – 2-for-3
- Blake DeWitt – 2-for-6 with 2 walks
- Kosuke Fukudome – 1-for-12 with 2 walks
- Koyie Hill – 2-for-5
- Reed Johnson – 2-for-6 with a double
- Carlos Pena – 2-for-9 with a home run
- Aramis Ramirez – 4-for-8 with a home run and a walk
- Alfonso Soriano – 1-for-11 with a double and a walk
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