9/12 Cubs lineup
Chris Rusin takes the mound Thursday night at PNC Park as the Cubs open a four-game series against the Pirates.
* The Cubs are 19-16 (.543 winning percentage) on the road starting June 25, the third best mark in the National League and trailing only the Dodgers (27-9, .750) and Nationals (19-15, .559).
* The Cubs already have 33 wins on the road this season, 10 more than their total number of victories on the road last year. They’ve gone 19-16 in their last 35 road games starting June 25 after beginning the season 14-21 in their first 35 road games.
* Rusin enters the game having not allowed a run in his last 19 1/3 innings on the road, the longest scoreless inning streak on the road by any Cubs rookie left-handed pitcher in the 138 seasons of franchise history. His scoreless run is the second longest by a rookie left-hander on the road this season in all of baseball, as Tampa Bay’s Alex Torres went 20 1/3 innings from May 18-August 7. If Rusin begins Thursday’s game with two scoreless innings, he would own the longest scoreless inning streak on the road by any left-handed rookie pitcher since Seattle’s Mark Langston went 21 2/3 innings from June 10-July 6, 1984. The next longest streaks belong to Cleveland’s Neal Heaton (23 innings, August 9-29, 1983) and, going longer, Los Angeles’ Fernando Valenzuela (26 innings, April 14-May 3, 1981). Thanks to Elias for its research assistance.
* Rusin enters the game with a 2.89 ERA, the lowest ERA of any rookie left-handed starting pitcher in all of baseball this season. The next closest are Cincinnati’s Tony Cingrani (2.92 ERA) and Los Angeles’ Hyun-Jin Ryu (3.07 ERA).
Here’s the lineup:
C. Rusin P