Though Casey Coleman has had trouble in his recent starts, perhaps history will be on his side as he takes the mound on Thursday evening. The Florida Marlins have yet to tally a home win against the Cubs since the 2009 season, and Cubs fans hope that Coleman will benefit from this streak.
Coleman, who has been in the rotation since the injuries to Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner, has had an up and down series of starts. He's had two quality outings on the season, one at Colorado and one against Cincinnati, but the rest of his starts have been blowouts, with more than four runs given up at a time. On the season he's 1-3 with a 7.22 ERA and 1.95 WHIP. He's started one game against Florida in his career, in which he pitched six innings and gave up just three earned runs on five hits.
Pitching for Florida will be Chris Volstad. Volstad has also been uneven on the year, and currently sits at 2-2 with a 5.77 ERA and 1.54 WHIP. In his career against the Cubs, he's 0-1 with a 3.41 ERA and 1.17 WHIP across five starts. Starlin Castro and Marlon Byrd are both 2-for-3 against Volstad, and Aramis Ramirez holds a .500 average against him with one home run.
First pitch in Thursday's game is at 6:10 P.M., CDT, and the game will be televised on CSN and FS-F.