Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Pirates – 09/24/13

Game One Hundred Fifty-Eight: Cubs (65-92) vs. Pirates (90-67)

  • Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 186/844
  • Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Chris Rusin (2-5, 3.52/1.30/4.60) vs. Gerrit Cole (9-7, 3.23/1.16/2.99)

The Cubs have only two home games remaining on the schedule and Chris Rusin will make his final start of the season in the Cubs’ last night game of the year at Wrigley. The end of the season is quickly approaching as several players look to make good impressions going into the off-season.

The Cubs enter play tonight a season-low 27 games under .500 and one loss away from another franchise record. The Cubs are 30-49 at Wrigley Field this year, the fourth time in the team’s history they have lost 49 games at home in a single season. The Cubs have never lost 50 games at Wrigley in a single season.

The offense will not get a break tonight with Gerrit Cole on the hill for Pittsburgh. The Cubs are not hitting, much putting crooked numbers on the scoreboard. The Cubs are catching very hot Gerrit Cole and it will be up to Chris Rusin to keep the Pirates off the board in order to have a chance to pick up his second career win in his home park.

Tonight all starts with Chris Rusin

Chris Rusin is coming off his worst start of the season at the big league level and is looking to bounce back tonight against the Pirates. Rusin lasted just four innings in Milwaukee and gave up six runs on four hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Rusin served up a pair of home runs, a solo shot to Khris Davis in the fourth but the big blast was a grand slam in the first inning that put the game out of reach.

The Cubs need to see Chris Rusin finish his season on a positive note. Rusin is 0-2 in his last three starts with a 6.14 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP and will try to post his first win of the season at Wrigley tonight.

Chris Rusin, like so many of his teammates, has really struggled at Wrigley. Rusin is 0-3 in five home starts this year with a 4.26 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP. Rusin has just one career victory in seven tries at Wrigley over the last two years (1-3 in seven starts with a 4.84 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP).

One of Chris Rusin’s better starts of the season came against the Pirates 12 days ago. Rusin limited a very good Pirates team to two runs on four hits in seven innings. For his career, Rusin is 1-1 in three starts against Pittsburgh with a 2.65 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP.

Pirates Career Numbers against Chris Rusin

  • Andrew McCutchen – 2-for-7 with a double, a home run and a walk
  • Pedro Alvarez – 3-for-7
  • Starling Marte – 1-for-6
  • Garrett Jones – 1-for-5
  • Clint Barmes – 0-for-2 with a walk
  • Gaby Sanchez – 1-for-3 with a double and a walk
  • Marlon Byrd – 1-for-3
  • Josh Harrison – 0-for-2
  • Russell Martin – 0-for-3
  • Jordy Mercer – 1-for-3
  • Justin Morneau – 0-for-3
  • Jose Tabata – 1-for-3

The Cubs will get their second look at Gerrit Cole tonight. After Cole handled the Cubs to the tune of one run on five hits in seven innings, he shut down the Padres for six innings and set a career high for strikeouts (12) in the process. Cole appears to be getting stronger as the regular season comes to an end. Cole is 3-0 in his last four starts with a 1.38 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. The Pirates are 4-0 over that span and he has struck out 33 batters in his last 26 innings (33 strikeouts, nine walks, 17 hits).

Gerrit Cole has been very, very good on the road this year (3-2 in six starts with a 2.29 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP) and will make his first start, of what figures to be many, at Wrigley Field tonight.

Darwin Barney (1-for-2), Brian Bogusevic (0-for-2 with a walk), Starlin Castro (1-for-3), Dioner Navarro (0-for-1), Anthony Rizzo (1-for-2 with a double and a walk), Nate Schierholtz (1-for-3 with a double), Ryan Sweeney (0-for-3) and Luis Valbuena (0-for-3) faced Gerrit Cole back on September 14.

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    Castro SS
    Lake LF
    Rizzo 1B
    Navarro C
    Schierholtz RF
    Murphy 3B
    Bogusevic CF
    Watkins 2B
    Rusin P

    • Ripsnorter1

      WATKINS!

      Where is J.C. Boscan? Bullpen catcher only?
      At least the Cubs have their best offensive lineup going tonight.

      • Tony_Hall

        Do you realize Boscan is 33 (turns 34 in December) and is a system catcher, being given one last cup of coffee?

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          I would think he will start tomorrow. He knows Arrieta and the whole day game after a night game for Navarro.

          • Tony_Hall

            That would make sense to give him one start. I just don’t expect him to play all that much even in this last week.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            And Sveum would not want Wood, Jackson and Samardzija throwing to him in their last starts.

  • Ripsnorter1

    I listened to 670 the Score Saturday, and their Cubs’ beat reporter David Schuster said
    that after talking to Theo about Baez, he believes that the Cubs will deal
    Castro over the winter IF they can receive a ML starting pitcher of some experience.
    Theo insists Baez is a ML shortstop. Schuster does not believe they will move Baez
    to 2nd base or 3rd base.

    He went on to say that he could see the Cubs trading Castro over the winter, sticking Baez in AAA Iowa for 2014,
    and signing a stop gap shortstop until Baez is ready. “They’re good at that,” he said, referring to
    signing stop gap players.

    My take? Keep Castro. Keep Baez. Trade Theo.

    • SuzyS

      Interesting. I don’t really see it right now though…since Castro appears to be at his lowest value just now. The time to trade Castro is after his next 200 hit season…if at all…IMO.

      • RickinMSP

        Although they did turn Ivan Dejesus into Bowa and Sandberg after a season in which he hit .194. Maybe they have their eye on another throw-in that turns into a HOFer. :-)

      • Ripsnorter1

        Remember….good GMs “buy low; sell high.”

        At least, that’s what Tony says. And I agree with Tony.

    • Tony_Hall

      Sports talk radio has a lot of time to fill and callers to get riled up.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Do you remember what time he was on? I would like to find that audio. Thanks.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Sure do. Saturday, 21 Sept 2013, about 10 am until 10:08 or so.
        That’s as close as I can give it to you. It could have
        been 10:15 am. It was during Levine’s “Talkin’ Baseball” program
        as I switched for a commercial and better radio reception.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Thanks man. Will check it out.

          • Ripsnorter1

            I have been looking on the Score to post the audio, but
            Rosenbloom’s last show posted is 8/3/2013–that I can find, anyway.

            Schuster’s blog looks like it hasn’t been updated since ST.
            He even has an article on “Soriano glad to still be a Cub,”
            and other blather.

      • tno13

        I believe it was 11-11:30. He couched it more like his personal speculation than anything he heard.

        • tno13

          In the morning

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Thank you.

          • tno13

            Thank you for all you and Tom do

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            You’re more than welcome

    • Tom U

      Who would take Castro with 6 years and 55 million left on his contract, coming off his statistically worst professional season?

      • CubbyDenCritic

        About 29 other teams!

      • Ripsnorter1

        Any team wanting to “buy low” on a potential .300 bat
        with potential for 20-25 HRs to play Short stop, a traditional
        Punch and Judy hitter’s position.

    • paulcatanese

      Rip, that’s a good one.

    • John_CC

      You want to get rid of Epstein because of some blather on sports talk radio?

      There is no way in hell they would trade Castro in the winter after his worst season to then sign a “filler” SS until Baez is ready with the faith that he won’t falter in AAA for a bit or get injured. Does that make any sense to you? It is completely worthless chatter.

      I’m not saying Castro couldn’t be traded, but this winter is not happening.

      • Ripsnorter1

        We shall see what Team Theo does. You say he won’t trade
        Castro this off season. You may be right. Me–I’ll watch what he does.

        My gut says Team Theo would like to move him out.
        He doesn’t do it the “Cubs way.”

        I want Castro, Bryant, Baez in the same infield, if possible.

        • cubtex

          It wouldn’t surprise me. They don’t have any mlb trade chips but Castro, Rizzo or Shark. They do have Baez and Alcantara in the minors. You cannot just wait for all the prospects to one day all magically appear and be productive.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Rangers M.Perez, Profar, Alfaro & L. Jackson to the Cubs for Castro, Russell & Ha

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Another excellent play by Castro

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rusin is struggling at Wrigley again … gives up a 2-run, 2 out single to Cole.

  • brent carmona

    According to Pat looks like a TOOTBLAN on Nate, Doh!

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      It was … put his head down and rounded first base.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Time to go get Rusin, he’s done for the night and season. He’s not locating, falling behind and the Pirates are squaring him up.

    • brent carmona

      Funny thing is after getting hit hard he broke two bats in a row (although Byrd got a single). Agree though it was time to get him out, did not have it tonight

      • paulcatanese

        Byrd always got a broken bat single:)

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Sveum is going to the pen

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Not really a good spot for Raley, too similar to Rusin.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Martin did not touch that ball

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent job by Raley … two strikeouts

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro drives in Watkins

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Good job by Raley

  • cubtex

    Michael Wacha no hitter alert thru 8!

    • cubtex

      One out away.

      • cubtex

        Damn! Infiield hit just over pitcher glove! Brutal way to lose no hitter!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent at bat from Junior Lake

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Clint Hurdle is going to have to bench Mercer. He cannot field the position.

  • cubtex

    What a win by the Tribe tonight! 3 team race for AL wildcard now. Rays, Tribe and Rangers. Rangers pretty much need to win out and hope.

  • EqDoc

    Although this team has a better record than last year (barely), I find this time so much harder to watch. They just seem so out of it after the trades. At least last year there seemed to be some fire and decent play by Castro, Rizzo, and Shark, but this year, man they just can’t seem to get it together… I have to fault the coaching somewhat and wonder how they can fix this to make next season even mildly better than this one. If there is no money to inject at least a little MLB talent than I think they have to at least overhaul the coaching staff. Really need a hitting coach, can’t understand how Roweson has last this long…

    • cubtex

      Amen Brother!

    • Tony_Hall

      Rowson will be fired or reassigned next week.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 8-2 to Pirates on Tuesday: Chris Rusin: 4R, 6H, BB, K, 2.1 IP (51 pitches, 29 strikes);
    Chang-Yong Lim: 2R, 2H, 3BB, 2K, 0.2 IP (34 pitches, 13 strikes)

    Starlin Castro: 2-4, RBI, BB; Anthony Rizzo: 1-4, RBI; Logan Watkins: 1-4, R; Ryan Sweeney: 3-3, R; Cubs: 2R, 10H (all 1B), 3BB, 12K

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    There is No. 50 at Wrigley