9/18 Cubs lineup & more

Chris Rusin enters Wednesday’s game against the Brewers with a 2.85 ERA, the lowest ERA of any rookie left-handed starting pitcher in baseball this season. Next closest are the Reds’ Tony Cingrani (2.92 ERA) and the Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu (3.03 ERA).

If Rusin ended the season today with a 2.85 ERA, it would be the lowest by a Cubs left-handed rookie starting pitcher (minimum 10 starts) in 100 years, when George Pierce turned in a 2.31 ERA in 21 appearances, 14 starts, in 1913.

Here’s Wednesday’s lineup:

Castro SS
Valbuena 3B
Rizzo 1B
Navarro C
Schierholtz RF
Sweeney CF
Bogusevic LF
Barney 2B
Rusin P

* The Cubs are nearly .500 against teams outside their division this year at 40-43 while turning in a 23-45 mark against the NL Central, the lowest winning percentage (.338) by any team against its own division in baseball (Houston is next closest at 25-48, .342 vs. AL West)

* The Cubs are 9-for-55 (.164) with runners in scoring position through the first nine games of this road trip. The team .219 season batting average (250-for-1,143) with RISP is lowest in the Majors.

– Carrie Muskat

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