Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Brewers – 09/06/13

Game One Hundred Forty: Cubs (59-80) vs. Brewers (60-79)

  • Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 183/844
  • Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Chris Rusin (2-3, 2.74/1.30/4.19) vs. Kyle Lohse (9-8, 3.32/1.20/4.16)

The Cubs’ nine-game homestand continues this afternoon with the first of three against the Brewers. The Cubs are 3-3 over the first six games of the home stint that wraps up on Sunday.

The Cubs begin the final stretch of the 2013 campaign today. Dale Sveum’s team plays 20 games in a row before their final day off of the year on September 26. The coaches and front office will continue to evaluate players with their final 23 games taking place in a 24-day span.

The Cubs will see a lot of the Brewers over the next two weeks. After this weekend, the Cubs make the short trip to Milwaukee for four games starting on Monday, September 16. The Cubs are just 4-8 in the first 12 games against the Brewers this season and the two division rivals will battle it out to stay out of the cellar in the central. While the Cubs have played just under .500 ball outside of their division (40-43) and struggled within the division (19-37), the Brewers are 25-35 versus the central have won only 52 games outside of their eight victories against the Cubs.

After this afternoon’s matchup of Chris Rusin and Kyle Lohse, the Cubs will face Johnny Hellweg for the first time on Saturday while Jake Arrieta tries to build on his last outing. The series wraps on Sunday afternoon with Travis Wood taking on Yovani Gallardo.

This afternoon all starts with Chris Rusin

Chris Rusin is coming off another good outing. Rusin limited the Phillies to three runs, two earned, on four hits in five innings. Rusin was lifted for a pinch-hitter after five frames. Rusin walked three and struck out five in his third shortest outing since being added to the Cubs’ rotation at the end of July.

Like so many of his teammates, Rusin has not been as good at Wrigley as he’s been on the road. Rusin is 0-3 in four home starts this season with a 4.15 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP. Rusin has given up 24 hits with nine walks and 12 strikeouts in 21 2/3 innings. The same pitcher on the road is 2-0 in five starts with a 1.63 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP … 21 hits allowed with 10 walks and 17 strikeouts in 27 2/3 innings. Rusin is 1-3 in six career starts at Wrigley with a 4.83 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP.

Chris Rusin finished August with a 1-3 mark in six starts with a 2.65 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP. Rusin makes his second career starts versus the Brewers this afternoon.

Rusin made his big league debut against the Brewers last August 21 and received a no decision in a game the Cubs lost 5-2. Rusin gave up one run on five hits with two walks and four strikeouts in five innings.

Brewers Career Numbers against Chris Rusin

  • Norichika Aoki – 0-for-2
  • Carlos Gomez – 0-for-2
  • Jonathan Lucroy – 0-for-2
  • Aramis Ramirez – 0-for-1
  • Jean Segura – 0-for-1 with a walk

Kyle Lohse has put together a good year for a bad team in Milwaukee. After getting rocked by the Pirates on August 27 (five runs on 13 hits with no walks and two strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings), Lohse put together a good outing against the Angels. Lohse limited the Halos to one run on seven hits in six innings.

Kyle Lohse is 4-1 in his last nine starts with a 2.60 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP and 3-5 in 14 road games this season with a 3.64 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.

Lohse will make his third start of the year against the Cubs this afternoon. Lohse has held the Cubs’ offense to three runs on 13 hits in 13 innings with three walks and nine strikeouts. Lohse is 1-0 in those two outings. For his career, Lohse is 2-1 in six starts at Wrigley with a 3.48 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Kyle Lohse

  • Darwin Barney (.229) – 5-for-21 with a double and a walk
  • Starlin Castro (.290) – 5-for-23
  • Welington Castillo (.355) – 2-for-11 with two doubles and a walk
  • Anthony Rizzo (.252) – 4-for-11 with a double and a walk
  • Nate Schierholtz (.279) – 2-for-12 with a double and a home run
  • Luis Valbuena (.245) – 2-for-10
  • Cody Ransom (.250) – 0-for-4 with a walk
  • Brian Bogusevic (.324) – 0-for-4
  • Junior Lake (.380) – 1-for-3
  • Ryan Sweeney (.330) – 1-for-3 with a double
  • Dioner Navarro (.304) – 1-for-2 with a double

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    Castro SS
    Barney 2B
    Rizzo 1B
    Schierholtz RF
    Sweeney CF
    Murphy 3B
    Lake LF
    Castillo C
    Rusin P

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    I posted this earlier …

    Scott Baker to start Sunday for the Cubs
    against the Brewers. Travis Wood has been pushed to Monday at Cincinnati.

    According to Bruce Miles, the Cubs will not necessarily go with a six-man rotation the rest of the way. They will wait to see how Baker responds.

    The writing has been on the wall that this
    could happen. Also keep in mind that Justin Grimm is up and with the team. He will pitch and they will likely use Grimm and Baker as ways to limit Wood and Samardzija’s innings without shutting them down early.

    The Cubs will have to make a 40-man roster
    move before Baker can start Sunday.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rusin labored in the first but escaped without allowing any runs in the first

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Schierholtz with a single to left, Barney scores …

  • triple

    Junior with the GRAND SLAM!!!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Lake with a Granny, first of his career

  • daverj

    Rusin is throwing a lot of pitches … needs some quick outs.

    • John_CC

      85 through 4, yikes. He might be done, ya think?

      • Tony_Hall

        He didn’t make it through 4.

        • John_CC

          OK, I just clicked back to the gameday, thanks.

  • John_CC

    An interesting thought:

    How many guys on the Cubs played with Aramis?

    Castro
    Barney
    Shark
    Russell

    Anymore? At any rate, that is a lot of turnover!

    • Tony_Hall

      I wish I would have saved the 40 man roster that the Cubs finished the 2011 season with that Theo inherited.

      • cubtex

        Look at the 40 man roster now. Now that is funny :)

        • Tony_Hall

          You included guys who were FA’s.

          • cubtex

            The 40 man roster of today is still filled with a lot of ? and older players. The pitching staff have names like Daniel Bard replacing Carpenter. Gaub and Maine with Rosscup. Lim replaces Justin Berg. Until any ot these other pitchers make it….it isn’t noticeably improved imo.

          • Tony_Hall

            You are comparing the top of the rosters and not the whole 40 man and the upside in players like Arrieta, Lim, Grimm, Ramirez, Vizcaino, Olt, Soler, Szczur. The roster is going to have a lot of the older ???’s waived. The 40 man roster, with the moves of the last week is going to make for some interesting decisions coming soon.

            No one is saying the 25 man roster back then (including FA’s) wasn’t better, but that roster wasn’t good enough to win anything either.

          • cubtex

            agreed

          • Tony_Hall

            Stop the presses!!!

          • TheWrongGuy

            touche’

          • John_CC

            Even the 25 man, it isn’t that much better. The IF is close, obviously Aramis at 3B is way better, but the rest is a push, Castillo is better than Geo.

            And the OF, again Soriano is the difference, otherwise it doesn’t matter. I actually would take Schierholtz and Lake over Fukudome and Byrd.

          • Tony_Hall

            My original thought though was what was inherited and FA’s then don’t count.

      • CubbyDenCritic

        Pitchers

        64 Justin Berg

        60,37 Chris Carpenter

        48 Andrew Cashner

        27 Casey Coleman

        32 Doug Davis

        46 Ryan Dempster

        66 Rafael Dolis

        17 Matt Garza

        54 John Gaub

        43 John Grabow

        50 Rodrigo López

        57 Scott Maine

        49 Carlos Mármol

        45 Sean Marshall

        62 Marcos Mateo

        32 Ramón Ortiz

        40 James Russell

        29 Jeff Samardzija

        44 Jeff Stevens

        36 Randy Wells

        34 Kerry Wood

        38 Carlos Zambrano

        Catchers

        53 Welington Castillo

        51 Steve Clevenger

        55 Koyie Hill

        18 Geovany Soto

        Infielders

        28 Jeff Baker

        15 Darwin Barney

        13 Starlin Castro

        9 Blake DeWitt

        33 DJ LeMahieu

        22 Carlos Peña

        16 Aramis Ramírez

        Outfielders

        24 Marlon Byrd

        41 Tony Campana

        21 Tyler Colvin

        1 Kosuke Fukudome

        5 Reed Johnson

        6 Bryan LaHair

        39 Lou Montañez

        56 Brad Snyder

        12 Alfonso Soriano

        • John_CC

          Grabow! Ramon Ortiz, Doug Davis! Rodrigo Lopez….LOL.

          Soriano and Byrd are the only two everyday OF on that list. Colvin is the only prospect.

          I wish there were ages listed. That make it even worse.

        • 07GreyDigger

          If that’s not a vote of confidence for the current regime, I’m not sure what is. Magic number is 3 for no 100 losses!

          • TheWrongGuy

            Yeah I been watching that same count, for this season.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      More interesting thought……when did Aramis ever played hard as a Cub when it really counted?

      • John_CC

        2004-2006 were pretty nice years for Aramis. He actually hit pretty well in the ’03 playoffs.
        The 2008 playoffs the entire team was pathetic.

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        Seriously? Best 3B Cubs have had since Santo. Hard to find a better 3B in baseball from 2003-present, from an RBI/avg/OBP perspective. One of best all-time Cubs trades, too. I know he looked like he wasn’t trying or didn’t care, but, in his case, results are all that mattered.

        • CubbyDenCritic

          Results?……okay…
          How many W.S .titles did Ramirez bring to Chicago?…..
          Batting titles like Bill Madlock?….
          How about his “veto” he used to block a trade!……a trade that could have helped the Cubs…..and put Ramirez on a playoff team…..
          How about his mysterious injuries around trade time……Ramirez falls over his shoe lace and heads to the DL….
          or Ramirez refusal to represent the Cubs at the All Star game.
          The “result” for Ramirez as a Cub adds up to a big nothing.

          • TheWrongGuy

            He was never a team player ALWAYS looking at himself and his OWN stats and never whats best for the team.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Just put on the TV and heard Scott Baker start this Sunday………Holy Cow………I thought I heard Dale say earlier if Baker was called up, he was bull pen bound……….seems Theo is running field operations of who plays……
    Anyone see Alfonso Soriano last night on the two pick offs?……he must think he has Rickey Henderson running shoes on……going for 40/40 one last time I guess…..Soriano showed some of his old Cubs habits in that game…..
    I wish sometimes our Cubs pitchers get those border line strikes like our Cubs hitters always get….
    You know this long season got to Cubs announcer Jim Deshaies when he is playing with a promotion doll and talking about Miley Cyrus.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Here comes Justin Grimm

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Strop gives up a three-run homer … 7-5

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the Brewers 8-5 on Friday – Chris Rusin: 2R, 7H, 2BB, K, 3.2 IP (85 pitches, 54 strikes); 1-2, 2RBI; Carlos Villanueva: 0R, 0H, 0BB, 5K, 2.1 IP

    Lake: 2-4, HR, 4RBI; Schierholtz: 1-4, RBI; Rizzo: 2-4, 2B, R; Sweeney: 1-3, BB, 2R; Castro: 1-5

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