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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