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Chicago at Colorado

Venue: Coors Field
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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
weather image  Isolated tstorms. Cloudy. Mild.
Hi TempLo TempWindHumidityPrecip %
67°F47°F5mph/SW50%46%
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Chi Cubs5th NL Central7389.451175-5 W 1
Colorado4th NL West6696.407285-5 L 4
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Jhoulys Chacin
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Jackson110101.000
Volstad21000.500
Rizzo73011.429
Campana31001.333
Sappelt72000.286
 
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Chris Volstad
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Pacheco31001.333
Rosario31001.333
Gonzalez93101.333
Colvin31000.333
Fowler92003.222
 
Game Odds
AwayLineHomeLine
Chi. Cubs 135 Colorado -145
Injuries
Chi Cubs
PlayerInjury
S. CastroAnkle
J. McDonaldShoulder
J. RuggianoAnkle
R. SweeneyHamstring
Colorado
PlayerInjury
B. AndersonBack
N. ArenadoRibs
J. ChacinShoulder
T. ChatwoodElbow
C. GonzalezKnee
T. KahnleShoulder
B. LoganElbow
T. TulowitzkiThigh
J. WilliamsKnee
 
Series Game Log
DateatResult/TimeWinnerLoser