Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Cardinals – 08/09/13

Game One Hundred Fifteen: Cubs (50-64) vs. Cardinals (66-48)

  • Game Time – 7:15pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 188/844
  • Location – Busch Stadium, St. Louis

Chris Rusin (1-1, 3.98/1.23) vs. Lance Lynn (13-5, 3.78/1.23)

Weather permitting … The Cubs open a three-game series tonight in St. Louis against the second place Cardinals. The Cubs are coming off a bad trip to Philadelphia. Not only did they drop two of three to the Phillies and were outscored 29-14 but Dale Sveum lost two players to injury, one for the rest of the season, and it is unclear if Dioner Navarro will have to make a trip to the DL.

The Cubs will play a man short tonight and two relievers short in the bullpen after Eduardo Sanchez and Hector Rondon were extended on Thursday. Chris Rusin faces the Cardinals for the first time in his career. If he struggles early, he might have to wear one for the team due to the overworked bullpen.

The Cubs finished July with a 14-13 record but are only 1-6 in August and will face a Cardinals team that is counting on three easy wins this weekend to stay in the race with the Pirates. Dale Sveum’s team is 4-6 in the first 10 games against the Redbirds this season.

After tonight’s matchup of Chris Rusin and Lance Lynn, Carlos Villanueva takes on Michael Wacha on Saturday night. The series and six-game road trip wraps on Sunday with Edwin Jackson scheduled to face Joe Kelly.

Pat Hughes will be back in the booth with Keith Moreland and Judd Sirott for this series in St. Louis after taking the last three days off.

Tonight it all starts with Chris Rusin

If Chris Rusin thought facing the Dodgers was fun, he is in for a treat tonight in St. Louis. Rusin did not have the same success in his last start against LA that he had in San Francisco. After tossing seven innings of shutout ball against the Giants, Rusin lasted only five innings against the Dodgers and allowed four runs on seven hits with three walks and four strikeouts.

Chris Rusin has been serviceable in his four big league starts this season but if he did not learn anything from his last start, the Cubs taxed, barely big league bullpen is going to have a lot of innings to cover once again tonight.

Of the four starts Rusin has made this season, three have come on the road (Oakland, Arizona and San Francisco) and Rusin is 1-0 in those three starts with a 2.93 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP.

Chris Rusin makes his first career start against the Cardinals tonight. And no one on the Cardinals’ active roster has faced Chris Rusin in a big league ballgame.

The Cubs will get their fourth look of the season at Lance Lynn tonight. Lynn is coming off a dominant eight-inning performance against the Reds in which he struck out 11 batters. Lynn and the Redbirds pounded Cincinnati 15-2.

Lance Lynn has bounced back nicely after a rough stretch in June and July. Lynn is 2-1 in his last four starts with a 2.77 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP (25 strikeouts and 11 walks in 26 innings).

For the first time in his young career, Lance Lynn has struggled against the Cubs. Lynn is 1-2 in three starts against the Cubs this season with a 4.67 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. For his career, Lynn is 5-2 in eight games, seven starts, with a 3.50 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.

Cubs Numbers against Lance Lynn in 2013

  • Darwin Barney – 3-for-7
  • Welington Castillo – 3-for-4 with a home run
  • Starlin Castro – 2-for-9 with a double
  • Dioner Navarro – 1-for-3
  • Anthony Rizzo – 0-for-8 with a walk
  • Nate Schierholtz – 1-for-6 with a home run

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    Lake – LF
    Gillespie – RF
    Rizzo – 1B
    DeJesus – CF
    Murphy – 3B
    Castillo – C
    Castro – SS
    Barney – 2B
    Rusin – P

  • 07GreyDigger

    I’m glad Pat Hughes is back, but can Keith Moreland take a vacation? Like forever?

    • Ripsnorter1

      Did you listen to Jody Davis the other day? Very interesting to listen to him talk
      about the current Cubs team. For instance, he said, “When I look at this team, I
      see only 1 player who is aggressive in his ABs: Jr. Lake. Everybody else is just waiting for
      something to happen.”

      Besides that comment, he was interesting to listen to. I love to hear Randy Hundley talk as well.

      • cubtex

        As Rizzo takes a 3-2 fastball over the heart of the plate for strike 3.

    • texcubnut

      I miss Ronnie.

  • Tom U

    With their win last night, the Tennessee Smokies became the first team in the Cubs’ organization to reach 60 wins. Congratulations!

  • Ripsnorter1

    Rios gone to Texas. So much for DeJesus being dealt off for
    their top prospect.

  • Ripsnorter1

    ESPN’s Jim Bowden compiled a list of the top 50 Rookies in MLB.
    The Cubs do not have anyone on the top 50 list. Here’s his top ten.
    1. Jose Fernandez, Marlins
    2. Puig.
    3. Miller. Cards
    4. Teheran. Braves
    5. Myers. Tampa Bay. He’s very good.
    6. Ryu. LAD. The rich getting richer by the day.
    7. Archer. Tampa
    8. Inglesias. Tigers.
    9. Gattis. Braves
    10. Henderson. Brewers.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Rip, he did not rank prospects, he ranked the rookies. The Cubs do not have anyone on the roster that would qualify for this outside of Junior Lake.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Yes–and no.

        Doesn’t Rondon qualify as a rookie?
        But of course Jr. Lake hasn’t been on the big club very long.
        He might make the list by the end of the year. He’s done very
        well so far.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          A Rule 5 kid? Technically you are right, not the way I took your post.

  • Tom U

    Brian Bogusevic is leading off at DH for the AZL Cubs tonight

    • Ripsnorter1

      Will he be back in Chicago soon?

      • Tom U

        Depends on how well his rehab goes.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Adam Dunn cleared waivers.

    Farnsworth DFA’d.
    Delmon Young DFA’d.

    Any chance the Cubs will pick up Young?

    • CubbyDenCritic

      I was thinking earlier today he would be a good fit at Wrigley…..bu the will end up with a playoff team within 10 days.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro did not appear out of the baseline to me

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Good outing for Rusin

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Lake with a good at bat, RBI single

  • Ripsnorter1

    Bears are playing tonight. That must be where everyone is at instead
    of watching the Cubs.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rizzo with a solid at bat with runners in scoring position, a two-run single

  • CubbyDenCritic

    I like to be the first to say that Theo should offer Rusin a $70 million dollar contract instead to that other Cubs pitcher who can’t make it pass the 5th inning.

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      I’m with you, sorta. Time to stop getting amoed by “stuff,” and get excited by “outs.” Same goes for Hendricks. He and Rusin do their jobs, not super impressively, but super effectively.

      • Tom U

        Sounds like some of what I have been preaching is sinking in. Many a manager and front office types have lost jobs due to players withe “good stuff”. Expect results!

  • Tom U

    The Kane Co. game was just delayed for about 4 minutes while they waited for a skunk to get off the field.

    • Ripsnorter1

      LOL

      Did he play for the Cubs?

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Use to be something like that at Wrigley last few years…he now is in the Dodgers bullpen.

    • texcubnut

      What, Ian Stewart showed up in Kane County?? :)

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castillo is the third different Cub to be hit tonight

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Maybe not in this game, but before the series is over, a Cardinal will have to eat dirt if another Cub gets hit…….maybe someone like Beltran.

  • AaronOR

    I feel like we are seeing glimpses of the Cubs future following that 3 run inning. Castillo (who should have been safe), Lake, Rizzo. The truth of it too is these players are only going to be good compliments to the studs moving up the next few years.

    Hmm…
    Almora
    Alcantara
    Bryant
    Soler
    Baez

    ….it will be awesome!

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Don’t forget Reggie Golden!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent at bat by Castro … good to see him pull that fastball

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    Just saw where Hendricks went 7 inmings with no earned runs. This guy doesn’t blow anyone away but we better get used to the idea of this kid in the rotation. He is looking like an ace, which he probably won’t be, but he could be a 2 or 3. From what I hear he is in the Maddux mold. I’m really excited abiut him. So he doesn’t throw 95 or have a 12-6 curve. He can still dominate with precision. He does the most important thing for a pitcher, get guys out.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the Cardinals
    3-0 on Friday night – Chris Rusin: 0R, 7H, 2 IBB, 5K in 6IP (90 pitches, 56
    strikes)

    Junior Lake: 1-4, RBI, BB; Anthony Rizzo: 1-5, 2RBI; Castro: 1-2,
    BB, R, SAC; Darwin Barney: 1-2, 2BB, R

  • CubbyDenCritic

    After tonight, Rusin has to be pencil in Cubs rotation in 2014……..he does his job, does not complain about what the FO is doing on player movements, and works beyond the 5th inning with low pitch counts……..he has only one bad outing since been back…..and many excellent games………this is Garza’s replacement……doing better than Garza.

    • daverj

      Rusin’s results scream small sample size. His K rate is low, his BABIP is low, and even today, his WHIP was 1.5. His minor league stats (which are a much larger sample size) do not indicate that he is as good as he has been the past few weeks.

      Future #4 or #5 innings eater starter on a bad team? … sure.

      Future big league middle reliever on a good team? … maybe.

      Future starting pitcher on a good team? … very slim chance.

      Don’t get caught up in the small sample sizes …

  • paulcatanese

    Castro with a SAC BUNT. Now that’s improvement. I can’t remember the last time he did that. Excellent.
    Good game by all, Rusin was very good. Lake with the clutch hit. Amazing game.