Chris Volstad hasn't exactly gotten off to a stellar start in his fourth season in the Marlins rotation.
The 24-year old right hander is 2-2 with a 5.77 ERA that ranks 82nd among National League starters. The good news for the Marlins, however, is that when Volstad pitches they usually win. The Marlins are 5-2 with Volstad on the mound, a .714 winning percentage that is tops on the team.
Part of it of course has to with run support. Only Javi Vazquez receives more (8.47) than Volstad (7.85).
But here's a look at the Marlins record when their other starters pitch and their level of run support: Josh Johnson (6-3, 5.37). Ricky Nolasco (5-4, 6.64), Anibal Sanchez (4-4, 5.07) and Vazquez (4-4).
The Cubs will send struggling right-hander Casey Coleman (1-3, 7.22 ERA) to the mound to face Volstad. Coleman is 0-3 with a 9.00 ERA in his last four starts. But the Fort Myers native earned beat the Marlins the last time he faced them, picking up his second major league win last season by yielding three runs and five hits over six innings on Sept. 18 at Sun Life Stadium. That 5-3 victory led the Cubs to an eventual sweep a three-game set.
The Cubs and Marlins enter this game tied 74-all in their all-time series.
> Marlins: 1. Chris Coghlan CF, 2. Hanley Ramirez SS, 3. Logan Morrison LF, 4. Gaby Sanchez 1B, 5. Greg Dobbs 3B, 6. Mike Stanton RF, 7. John Buck C, 9. Omar Infante 2B, 9. Chris Volstad P
> Cubs: 1. Kosuke Fukudome RF, 2. Darwin Barney 2B, 3. Starlin Castro SS, 4. Aramis Ramirez 3B, 5. Carlos Pena 1B, 6. Marlon Byrd CF, 7. Reed Johnson LF, 8. Koyie Hill C, 9. Casey Coleman P