3/14 Rusin rolls vs. Dodgers

Chris Rusin was a little concerned about his outing Thursday when he walked Dodgers leadoff batter Mark Ellis on four pitches.

“I didn’t know where it was going to go after that,” the left-hander said. “I settled down, started throwing strikes, and just worried about location instead of trying to throw it by hitters because I’m not that kind of guy.”

Rusin did just that, holding the Dodgers to one hit over five scoreless innings. The only walk was to Ellis, and he struck out one, and this was against Los Angeles’ “A” lineup which included Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp and Adrian Gonzalez.

“I didn’t know I’d do that well against them today,” Rusin said. “I had movement and had early action and kept my defenders on their toes and not on their heels.”

Rusin could be an option for the Cubs bullpen. Right now, the only left-hander set is James Russell and there are openings.

“I don’t really think about that at all,” he said. “I just go out there and if they tell me to pitch, I’ll pitch. If they want me to throw two innings, I’ll throw two innings, if it’s five, like I did today — whatever they want me to do, I’ll do.”

He got a taste of the big leagues last year when called up from Triple-A Iowa in late August. In seven starts, he was 2-3 with a 6.37 ERA. The only time the lefty has pitched in relief has been in Spring Training last year and this year.

“If they tell me to bat in the four-hole, I’ll go in and bat in the four-hole,” Rusin said of his willingness to do whatever the Cubs want. “I probably won’t get a hit but that’s what I’ll do.”

Last season will definitely help the lefty, wherever he ends up.

“I feel getting my feet wet last year [in the big leagues] will help me if I get up there this year,” Rusin said.

– Carrie Muskat

10 Comments

Rusin Rocks!!!!!

There is no reason to not keep him on the big team. He has a great era and pitches well.

I can think of a few reasons to not keep him on the big team:
1) There are 5 starters better than him, and that doesn’t include Matt Garza or Scott Baker, both of whom will probably start the year on the DL.
2) They know not to get excited over a 5-inning performance in spring training.
3) They want to keep him stretched out in case they need to plug him into the rotation later in the season due to injuries or trades. Having him make the team as a lefty specialist out of the bullpen will not do this.
4) They saw him pitch at the major league level last year and know he’s still a long way from being an effective major league pitcher. Not to mention his mediocre performance at AAA and the fact that known sucky pitcher Brooks Raley got called up ahead of Rusin.
5) They think he’ll be better off learning how to pitch at AAA than he would being learning how to pitch while being pounded in the majors.

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Yes and his last name is not Campana, so maybe there is room on the team for HIM…. I hope he makes it and the brass doesn’t think he too is not good enough to crack such roster filled with such hi caliber, stellar players. it’s got to be tough to make the Cubs 24 man roster it being stocked with soooooooo many All Star, dominating players why if it wasn’t for the juggernauts Sappelt, Schierholtz and the handful of other “Mickey Mantles” on the team I’m sure Campana could have “stolen” a measley bench roster spot.

where?

Yes, and Sam Fuld went on to be the best player in baseball after the Cubs got rid of him. Oh wait, he didn’t? Oh well, I’m sure it will be different with Tony Campana. 10 years from now we’ll be mentioning him along with Rickey Henderson in the discussion for best leadoff hitter of all time. I might have to give up on Micah Hoffpauir being one of the greatest home run hitters of the decade, but there’s still hope for Tony C being enshrined in Cooperstown one day. And now that the Rusin guy is on the scene, move over Tom Glavine, there’s a new lefty who is destined to win 300 games in town.

haha GO DOUG…. teach joey how to dougy!!!!!

doug you also gotta know joey doesn’t deal well with reality…. he hates on everything Soriano…. hendry… and for some reason Sveum who hasn’t even been given a decent team yet its all his fault we lose… you have my sympathy for trying to reason with him

Oh, and I also forgot to mention that in Major League Baseball, teams have a 25-man roster, not 24. However, I think you’re right. If the Cubs had 24 players on their roster and the 25th spot was vacant, Tony Campana would still have a hard time making the roster!

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