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Chicago at Colorado

Venue: Coors Field

The Chicago Cubs have been bad enough on the road as it is, but facing any team in the NL West away from the Windy City seems to bring out their worst.

Chicago looks to record its first road win in 16 games against NL West opponents this season in Thursday's series finale with the Colorado Rockies.

The Cubs are a dismal 22-55 outside of Wrigley Field with four road games remaining, equaling the second-worst mark in franchise history in a non-strike-shortened season.

Since baseball went to a 162-game schedule, the Cubs haven't finished with fewer than the 26 road victories the 1997 team struggled to achieve.

Chicago (59-96) fell 6-0 to Colorado on Wednesday and has been outscored 75-30 while dropping all 15 away games versus NL West foes. It begins a three-game set in Arizona on Friday to close out its road schedule.

The Cubs mustered only five hits in the latest defeat as they inched closer to the dubious 100-loss mark.

"I'm not going to feel any better about a 96-loss season or a 98-loss season or a 100-loss season. In any way, shape or form, we have to get better," general manager Jed Hoyer told the team's official website. "I don't want to lose 100 games either. That's something people talk about and it's a round number we clearly want to avoid."

Runs were hard to come by the last time Chicago faced Jhoulys Chacin at Coors Field, and he'll be on the mound again Thursday.

Chacin (2-5, 4.73 ERA) pitched his lone career shutout against the Cubs on April 15, 2011, giving up six hits and striking out seven for a 5-0 victory. The right-hander, though, hasn't been nearly as good over his last four overall starts, going 0-1 with a 4.41 ERA in that stretch after giving up three runs in four innings of Saturday's 8-7 loss to Arizona.

"I started throwing strikes in the first inning," Chacin said. "They just started swinging and got me. They just hit it where nobody was."

Chacin allowed one run in five innings of the Cubs' 5-0 win Aug. 26, as Chris Volstad earned a long-awaited victory.

Volstad (3-10, 6.22) ended a 24-start winless streak by allowing three hits in 6 2-3 innings in that contest, and he'll look to snap out of a slump in a rematch with Chacin.

The right-hander has received only five runs of support over his last four starts, though he hasn't done himself any favors by posting a 6.86 ERA in that stretch. He gave up three runs while throwing 116 pitches in five innings of the Cubs' 5-4, 11-inning victory over St. Louis on Friday.

Colorado (61-94) got two hits apiece from former Cubs Tyler Colvin and DJ LeMahieu, as well as Jordan Pacheco and Chris Nelson in Wednesday's victory as the Rockies posted their second home shutout of the season.

"We want to end on a good note and give us something to be hungry about in the offseason," Colvin said.

Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney can break Placido Polanco's major league record of 140 consecutive errorless games set in 2007 with a flawless defensive performance Thursday.

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Probable Starters

Chris Volstad, RHP
2012 stats
101.1 Innings Pitched 59.0
3-10 Wins-Losses 2-5
6.22 Earned Run Average 4.73
43 Walks 26
55 Strikeouts 39
91 Pitches Per Start 83
Career vs. opponent
29.0 Innings Pitched 26.2
3-3 Wins-Losses 1-3
4.34 Earned Run Average 3.71

Jhoulys Chacin, RHP
weather image  Isolated tstorms. Cloudy. Mild.
Hi TempLo TempWindHumidityPrecip %
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Chi Cubs5th NL Central6886.442184-6 L 2
Colorado4th NL West6391.409254-6 W 4
vs Jhoulys Chacin
vs Chris Volstad
Game Odds
Chi. Cubs 135 Colorado -145
Chi Cubs
W. CastilloRib
S. CastroAnkle
J. McDonaldShoulder
J. RuggianoAnkle
R. SweeneyHamstring
B. AndersonBack
N. ArenadoRibs
J. ChacinShoulder
T. ChatwoodElbow
C. GonzalezKnee
T. KahnleShoulder
B. LoganElbow
T. TulowitzkiThigh
Series Game Log
Apr 4COLCOL 12-2Nicasio Delgado 
Apr 5COLCOL 9-4Kahnle McCarthy 
Apr 6COLARI 5-3Miley Anderson 
Apr 28ARICOL 8-5Morales Miley 
Apr 29ARICOL 5-4Logan Reed 
Apr 30ARIARI 5-4Reed Kahnle 
Jun 3COLARI 4-2Anderson De La Rosa 
Jun 4COLARI 16-8Ziegler Brothers 
Jun 5COLARI 12-7Arroyo Nicasio 
Aug 8ARIARI 5-3Anderson Matzek 
Aug 9ARIARI 14-4Cahill De La Rosa 
Aug 10ARICOL 5-3Belisle Perez 
Aug 29ARIARI 5-2Ziegler Brothers 
Aug 30ARICOL 2-0Matzek Nuno 
Aug 31ARIARI 6-2Anderson De La Rosa 
Sep 18COLCOL 7-6Hawkins Reed 
Sep 19COLCOL 15-3Lyles Anderson 
Sep 20COL 4:10 PM EDT  
Sep 21COL 4:10 PM EDT