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9/24 Cubs lineup

Chris Rusin makes his final start of the season on Tuesday as the Cubs play host to the playoff-bound Pirates at Wrigley Field. Logan Watkins will start at second in place of Darwin Barney.

Rusin and All-Star Travis Wood (2.98 ERA) both have ERAs under 3.52. The Cubs look to have two left-handers make at least 10 starts and each turn in an ERA of 3.80 or less in the same year for the first time in 46 years when Rich Nye (3.20 ERA, 30 starts) and Ken Holtzman (2.53 ERA, 12 starts) did so.

Here’s the lineup:

Castro SS
Lake LF
Rizzo 1B
Navarro C
Schierholtz RF
Murphy 3B
Bogusevic CF
Watkins 2B
Rusin P

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

9/12 Pirates 3, Cubs 1

Chris Rusin knew he would have a tough time with the Pirates, who rank second in the National League against left-handed pitchers with a .266 team batting average. Andrew McCutchen and Marlon Byrd lead the attack, hitting .391 and .336, respectively, against southpaws. Rusin held the Pirates to four hits over seven innings, but it wasn’t good enough.

Byrd and Pedro Alvarez each hit RBI singles off Rusin in the fourth to spark the Pirates to their fourth straight win, a 3-1 decision Thursday over the Cubs. Pittsburgh began the night one game behind St. Louis in the NL Central.

“He did a great job against a lineup that kills left-handers,” Dale Sveum said of Rusin. “That was, to me, his most impressive outing.”

All of the Pirates hits and two runs off Rusin came in the fourth inning, and he did not walk a batter. His ERA dropped to 2.85, the lowest of any rookie left-handed starter in baseball this season. Next closest are Cincinnati’s Tony Cingrani (2.92 ERA) and Los Angeles’ Hyun-Jin Ryu (3.07 ERA).

Darnell McDonald led off the Chicago third against Jeff Locke with a ground-rule double that bounced over the center-field fence. Two outs later, he scored on Starlin Castro’s single. That was it.

The Pirates answered in the fourth. With one out, Jordy Mercer singled for the first hit off Rusin, and reached third on McCutchen’s double that bounced off the third-base bag.

“The baseball Gods got me that time,” Rusin said of McCutchen’s lucky hit.

Rusin got Justin Morneau to hit a comebacker and he threw home to snag Mercer for the second out. But McCutchen scored on Byrd’s single to center to tie the game, and Alvarez followed with a RBI single.

The way the Pirates have been playing, you can only hope to contain them.

“For the most part, you’re keeping their slugging percentage down,” Sveum said. “You don’t walk anybody and you’ve got a chance to get out of innings, you can keep the game close, and that’s what we did.”

The runs off Rusin were the first he’s given up after 22 1/3 scoreless innings on the road, the longest streak by a Cubs rookie lefty away from home in franchise history. Rusin’s streak was also the longest in baseball since Neal Heaton’s 23-inning scoreless stretch on the road for the Indians from Aug. 9-29, 1983, his rookie season.

While the Pirates are trying to figure out who they’ll play in the postseason, the Cubs are looking ahead to next year. Will Rusin be in the 2014 rotation?

“We’ll cross those bridges when we get to it,” Sveum said. “He’s definitely put himself in a position to have every opportunity to make the rotation.”

– Carrie Muskat

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

9/11 Cubs vs. Pirates

Looking ahead, the Cubs will travel to Pittsburgh for a four-game series against the Pirates, starting Thursday. The team is going with a six-man rotation to give Scott Baker two more starts. Here are the pitching matchups:

Thursday: LHP Chris Rusin (2-3, 2.89) vs. LHP Jeff Locke (9-5, 3.23)
Friday: RHP Jake Arrieta (2-2, 4.28) vs. RHP Charlie Morton (7-4, 3.44)
Saturday: RHP Scott Baker (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Gerrit Cole (7-7, 3.48)
Sunday: LHP Travis Wood (9-11, 3.05) vs. LHP Francisco Liriano (16-7, 2.92)

9/9 Extra bases

* The Cubs begin an 11-game road trip Monday, their longest since Sept. 16-26, 2004, when Hurricane Frances forced the rescheduling of a three-game set in Miami. The storm created a 12-game, 11-day trip through Cincinnati, Florida, Pittsburgh and New York.

* The Cubs have lost 14 of their last 21 games overall.

* Travis Wood enters Monday’s game with a 3.17 ERA and joins fellow southpaw Chris Rusin (2.89 ERA) in the Cubs rotation to give the team two southpaws with an ERA below 3.20. If they maintain that pace, they will become the first two left-handers to make at least 10 starts and each turn in an ERA of 3.80 or less in the same year for the first time in 46 years when Rich Nye (3.20 ERA, 30 starts) and Ken Holtzman (2.53 ERA, 12 starts). Since Holtzman and Nye, only once in the next 45 seasons have the Cubs had at least two left-handers make 10 starts and each record an ERA below 4.00, when in 2007 Ted Lilly (3.83 ERA, 34 starts) and Rich Hill (3.92 ERA, 32 starts) accomplished the feat.

9/6 Cubs 8, Brewers 5

Junior Lake hit his first career grand slam and Chris Rusin added a two-run single to spark the Cubs to an 8-5 win Friday over the Brewers, and move into a tie for last in the National League Central. The Brewers lead the Cubs in the season series, 8-5, but both teams have 60-80 records.

Lake added a bunt single in the third and now has 55 hits in his first 45 games, tops among Major League rookies in that stretch. Kevin Gregg pitched the ninth for his 30th save, the third time he has reached that milestone in his career.

The Cubs batted around in a five-run first against Kyle Lohse. With one out, the first three batters each singled, with a run scoring on Nate Schierholtz hit. Ryan Sweeney then walked to load the bases, and one out later, Lake drove a 1-0 pitch from Lohse into the bleachers in left center. It was Lake’s fifth home run of the season, and the Cubs’ third grand slam this year. Chicago now has hit 95 home runs at Wrigley Field, the most at home in the Major Leagues. The Orioles are second, hitting 94 at Camden Yards entering Friday’s game.

Norichika Aoki hit a sacrifice fly in the Milwaukee second, and Aramis Ramirez, who played for the Cubs from 2003-11, hit his 127th home run at Wrigley, and 10th overall this year, with one out in the third to close to 5-2 in the third.

Chicago loaded the bases again with one out in the third, keyed by Lake’s bunt single, and Rusin smacked a two-run single to center for a 7-2 lead. Cubs pitchers now have 27 RBIs, most in the Major Leagues.

Rusin needed 32 pitches to get through the first, and was pulled after throwing 85 over 3 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on seven hits. Carlos Villanueva picked up the win in 2 1/3 innings in relief.

The Cubs have won four of their last six games.

– Carrie Muskat

9/6 Cubs lineup & Baker

Chris Rusin takes the mound Friday when the Cubs play host to the Brewers at Wrigley Field. In other news, Scott Baker will make his first start of the season on Sunday in the series finale. Baker has been rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. No one will be bumped from the Cubs rotation, just pushed back one day for now. Here’s Friday’s lineup:

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

9/4 Cubs vs. Brewers

On Friday, the Cubs face the Brewers, kicking off a stretch in which they will play 20 of 23 games against NL Central foes. Here are the pitching matchups:

Friday: LHP Chris Rusin (2-3, 2.74) vs. RHP Kyle Lohse (9-8, 3.32)
Saturday: RHP Jake Arrieta (2-1, 3.77) vs. RHP Johnny Hellweg (0-3, 10.97)
Sunday: LHP Travis Wood (8-11, 3.17) vs. RHP Yovani Gallardo (10-9, 4.31)

9/4 Extra bases

* Dale Sveum played for the Pirates from 1996-97 and again in 1999, and he knows all about the losing seasons in Pittsburgh. On Tuesday, the Pirates won their 81st game, and are guaranteed their first non-losing season in 21 years.

“It’s obviously been a tough run for them for 20 years,” Sveum said. “I was there for parts of it, and it’s good to see they finally got over that hump, and not only got over the hump, but there’s an above average chance they’ll be in the playoffs as well. It’s good for the city and the organization. A lot of people have been there for a long time. It’s nice to see that organization turn the corner.”

The Cubs still have seven games against the Pirates with a series in Pittsburgh Sept. 12-15 and at Wrigley Field Sept. 23-25. After Wednesday’s game against the Marlins, the Cubs will play 20 of their final 23 games against National League Central teams.

* The Cubs don’t know who will be their closer in 2014, but Sveum said they may use right-hander Pedro Strop in save situations in the final month of games.

“I don’t think you’ll have any idea at the end of this season about what’s going to happen,” Sveum said of the Cubs’ ‘pen. “So many things go into play there and it’s a long offseason. Certain things come up. There’s no way you can predict or plan what’s going to happen by Spring Training next year.”

The Cubs have used 21 relievers this season, with Chang-Yong Lim and Justin Grimm in the bullpen waiting to make an appearance.

* No decision has been made on the next step for right-hander Scott Baker, who made his final Minor League rehab start on Monday for Class A Kane County. Baker has been rehabbing from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, which he had in April 2012.

* With right-hander Alberto Cabrera making his season debut and lefty Zac Rosscup making his big league debut, the Cubs have utilized 52 players, one shy of the franchise record 53 who appeared last year. Still looking to make their debuts are Lim, Grimm and catcher J.C. Boscan.

The Cubs have utilized 11 rookies this season, and only four players on the current 25-man roster were on the 2012 Opening Day roster. That list includes Starlin Castro, Darwin Barney, James Russell and Jeff Samardzija.

* On Friday, the Cubs play host to the Brewers for a weekend series. Here are the pitching matchups:

Friday: LHP Chris Rusin (2-3, 2.74) vs. RHP Kyle Lohse (9-8, 3.32)
Saturday: RHP Jake Arrieta (2-1, 3.77) vs. RHP Johnny Hellweg (0-3, 10.97)
Sunday: LHP Travis Wood (8-11, 3.17) vs. RHP Yovani Gallardo (10-9, 4.31)

– Carrie Muskat

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