Game One Hundred Fifty-Six: Cubs (59-96) vs. Rockies (61-94)
Game Time – 2:10pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 185/914
Location – Coors Field, Denver
Chris Volstad (3-10, 6.22/1.63) vs. Jhoulys Chacin (2-5, 4.73/1.63)
Weather permitting … The Cubs and Rockies wrap up the series and season series this afternoon. After winning two of three at Wrigley, the Cubs are 2-3 against Colorado this year. The weather and the Rockies offense dominated the first two games. After scoring 10 runs on 15 hits in a rain-shortened game on Tuesday night, the Rockies pounded Cubs’ pitching again on Wednesday night and have scored 16 runs on 25 hits in two games (15 innings). It is up to Chris Volstad to slow down Colorado’s offense today.
This afternoon is a rematch of a game back on August 26 at Wrigley Field. Chris Volstad ended his winless streak and the Cubs did just enough against Jhoulys Chacin.
The Cubs have really struggled on the road this season. Not only are they 0-15 on the road versus teams in the National League West but they are 22-55 on the season outside of Wrigley Field … one loss short of the franchise mark (56) set in 1956.
Dale Sveum should use his everyday lineup this afternoon. Not only is David DeJesus, Luis Valbuena and Brett Jackson expected in the starting lineup but Steve Clevenger could be as well.
Darwin Barney begins play this afternoon one game shy of tying Placido Polanco’s single-season record of 141 consecutive games by a second baseman without an error.
The Cubs must win four of the seven remaining games to avoid 100 losses for the year and this afternoon it all begins with Chris Volstad … The best thing that can be said about Chris Volstad’s last two outings is that he received no decisions in both starts and the Cubs won both games. Volstad has really struggled, again, in his last four starts. Volstad is not throwing strikes and is battling himself, again. Volstad is 1-1 in his last four outings with a 6.86 ERA and an unbelievably high 2.29 WHIP. Chris Volstad has walked 16 batters with only nine strikeouts and 29 hits allowed in his last 19 2/3 innings.
The Cubs are 6-3 in Volstad’s last nine starts.
When Chris Volstad was first recalled from Triple-A Iowa, he pitched with a confidence he did not have earlier in the season. Volstad put together six good outings, at least for a fifth starter for an organization building for the future, and posted a 2-2 record with a 3.72 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. Volstad appears to have lost what he might have figured out … and he might made the Cubs’ decision to non-tender him in the off-season very easy with the way he has performed of late.
Chris Volstad ended his winless streak against the Rockies on August 26 at Wrigley. Volstad tossed 6 2/3 innings of shutout ball and gave up just three hits with three walks and three strikeouts. For his career, Volstad is 3-3 in six games, five starts, against the Rockies with a 4.34 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP … at Coors Field, 1-2 in three games, two starts, with a 6.57 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP.
Rockies Career Numbers against Chris Volstad
- Charlie Blackmon – 0-for-3
- Jhoulys Chacin – 0-for-1
- Tyler Colvin – 1-for-3 with a double
- Dexter Fowler – 2-for-9 with a triple
- Carlos Gonzalez – 3-for-9 with a home run
- Ramon Hernandez – 1-for-6
- Jonathan Herrera – 0-for-2
- D.J. LeMahieu – 0-for-2 with a walk
- Jordan Pacheco – 1-for-3
- Wilin Rosario – 1-for-3
Jhoulys Chacin has put together a decent stretch of starts. Chacin allowed three runs on seven hits with two walks and two strikeouts over four innings against the Diamondbacks. Chacin is one of the young pitchers the Rockies are looking to be in their rotation in the near future. After posting a 1-1 record in two starts in August with a 1.64 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP, Chacin is 1-1 in his last five outings with a 3.47 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP.
Chacin has been much better on the road (1-3 in six starts with a 3.16 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP) than at Coors Field (1-2 in six starts with a 6.51 ERA and a 1.95 WHIP) this season and will make his second start of the year against the Cubs this afternoon.
The Cubs beat Jhoulys Chacin back on August 26. Chacin allowed one run on five hits with two walks and three strikeouts in five innings. Chacin was making just his second start since returning from the disabled list. Chacin is 1-3 in five games, four starts, against the Cubs for his career with a 3.71 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.
Cubs Career Numbers against Jhoulys Chacin
- Darwin Barney – 0-for-5 with a walk
- Tony Campana – 1-for-3
- Starlin Castro – 2-for-12 with a double and a triple
- Steve Clevenger – 0-for-2
- David DeJesus – 0-for-3
- Brett Jackson – 1-for-1 with a walk
- Anthony Rizzo – 3-for-7 with a walk
- Dave Sappelt – 2-for-7 with a double
- Alfonso Soriano – 2-for-10 with a double and a walk
- Luis Valbuena – 0-for-3
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