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:

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


This is a winning lineup! I know you guys are bruised and maybe a bit tired by this time in the season BUT you are not quitters. Go for it today!

The nephew of my husband’s co- worker was just called up by the Padres. First at bat. – home run . He’s a 1st baseman. Watch out Rizzo! Get us some runs today dear heart.

Unless the nephew has a contract like Rizzo, Rizzo can sleep well. Some other guys should see their playing days numbered, but cubbies are cubbies, so they will swallow the little green apple and move on!

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