6/1 Cubs lineup – UPDATED

Jeff Samardzija faces Kyle Lohse in the series finale Sunday between the Cubs and Brewers at Miller Park. Samardzija leads the Majors with a 1.68 ERA in 11 starts, mere percentage points ahead of Johnny Cueto’s 1.68 ERA (1.680 vs. 1.681). According to STATS Inc., it’s the lowest ERA for a Cubs starting pitcher on June 1 (minimum 10 starts) since Rick Reuschel posted a 1.60 season ERA entering June of 1973.

UPDATE: Luis Valbuena is sidelined with an abdominal problem, and not in the Cubs’ lineup. Valbuena batted .295 in May. Cubs manager Rick Renteria said the problem isn’t serious, and that Valbuena is sidelined as a precautionary measure.

The Cubs have played 24 games decided by two runs or less this season, going 5-19 in those contests. Those 24 close games represent nearly half of the games they’ve played, as the team is 15-14 in 29 games decided by three runs or more.

Here’s the lineup:

Bonifacio CF
Lake LF
Rizzo 1B
Castro SS
Schierholtz RF
Castillo C
Olt 3B
Barney 2B
Samardzija P


Oh happy day! This looks to be a great game! Will be glued to the TV at first pitch! :))

There is a lesson to be derived from our horrendous record in one run games. I`d like to hear your take on this matter, before I volunteer mine. Is interesting you invoke Rick Reuschel`s name. I admired the way he pitched and the manner in which he carried himself; he came across as a decent man. But the strongest memory I have of Rick is that Ryne Sandberg and he were best friends when teammates. I`ve concluded that from having observed the two on road trips back in those days. They boarded buses together and sat together on those buses, and I often observed them in conversation in other settings. Didn`t Reuschel have a brother who was a major league pitcher, or am I mistaken about that?

HIs brother Paul also pitched in the big leagues.

Thanks for that. I also admired George Altman. He was a member of the team when I first became a Cubs` fan back in very early 60`s. I researched the Reuschels after I wrote my comment, and believe I saw that they,(the two brothers) once combined on a no-hitter for the Cubs.

Aloha jhosk, george and White: yes I hope this lineup can get it done! Rick R was a favorite of mine too, I wish he could have stayed as a Cub and pitched well into his late 30’s-40. He is one of those pitchers had he been on a better team might have gotten close to 300 wins but as it was he won a little over 200 and had almost 200 loses. I was in college ball in the same area when he had a great year with the Giants and would end up playing against his first team, our Cubbies in the the NL Championship Series. Don Zimmer was out-coached by Roger Craig. It was amazing the similarities between the two teams and the series high-lighted how important coaching is to the game as well. I see our guys are behind at the moment and I hope they can fight back today, that would be a confidence boost for them. Take care now, Mahalo!

Reuschel brothers never threw a no-hitter…….combine shut out…… yes.

Rick Reuschel was traded to the Yankees for Doug Bird, Mike Griffin and $400,000.

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