Back for round two at Nationals Park, and it’s Chris Rusin getting his second start in the bigs. His first was rather successful, giving up just one hit and a couple walks in his five innings against the Brewers last month.

The Cubs are back to their “normal” lineup.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (51-83) at Washington Nationals (82-52), 6:05 CT on CSN.

Game Thread and Series Preview

The Game Thread lives here. You should participate in the madness. And, of course, for those who aren’t into message board-style game threads, please feel free to use the comments on this post for your in-game commentary/outbursts.

The Series Preview for this series lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Chris Rusin (0-1, 1.80 ERA, 0.600 WHIP)


Edwin Jackson (8-9, 3.53 ERA, 1.165 WHIP)

Washington Nationals Lineup

1. Jayson Werth, CF

2. Ian Desmond, SS

3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

4. Michael Morse, RF

5. Adam LaRoche, 1B

6. Danny Espinosa, 2B

7. Tyler Moore, LF

8. Jesus Flores, C

9. Edwin Jackson, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, RF

2. Luis Valbuena, 3B

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Starlin Castro, SS

6. Welington Castillo, C

7. Brett Jackson, CF

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Chris Rusin, P

  • Tim

    Brett you have 2 left fielders for the Nats!

    • Brett

      It’s the new market inefficiency!

  • Flashfire

    Is that anything like having two left feet?

  • Picklenose

    I was hoping they would both actually play in left field. I’m not proud, I’ll take a win anyway I can get it. Does anyone get the song reference in there?

  • CrazYhorse

    magical world of Qwertylino THE LEGEND TELL A STORY OF A Cubs frantic owner with a name Of Crickets that found his stead, A male unicorn that would collect all the fairy dust and bring the kingdom a vast beautiful Rainbow since almost every other kingdom had a rainbow . BUt Little T the baby stud unicorn had no gold to lure the fantastic rich colors of the Rainbow All the colors of the rainbow did not like Crickets and decided to venture into a different Kingdoms.

    Embarrass and ashamed the king Cricket and the little unicorn decided that they will make their own rainbow colors and the first year was fruitless – they made colors but one color was black a terrible color for a rainbow- black death is what they called a color that could not hit – stay healthy and finally faded away into a grayness wisp stewa— well anyway
    King Cricketts was determine to make rainbow colors because it was the only thing left to do and the baby unicorn had no choice but to follow.

    • Drew7

      You may want to lay off that fairy dust you speak of.

  • DocPeterWimsey

    The difference between a coffee and today’s weather is that the coffee is a little warmer and a little wetter. Geez, this humidity is getting old in a hurry.

  • art

    again soriano teaching kids how not to run a fly ball he felt was a HR or out. yes i know he got a 3B.

    • baldtaxguy

      I have to agree. Just run hard every time. Don’t selectively play at 100%

      • DocPeterWimsey

        That sounds good, but if you go 100% all the time, then it’s not too long before 100% is about 90% of what it was before. Indeed, a lot of times it becomes 0% due to injuries, etc. Baseball seasons and even individual games are slogs: and if you don’t pace yourself, then you greatly increase the chance of falling out quickly.

        • Drew7

          But, but, but Campana goes 100% EVERY time!

        • Bill

          This isn’t football or basketball where they need to conserve some energy at times. They have to run 4-5 times a game? Soriano has proven he can get hurt going 50% and doing a little skip to catch the ball. Even Brenly is baffled at why guys can’t run down the line when they do so little running in a game. It’s more about habit then saving their legs or worrying about injuries. Guys like Pete Rose hustled on every play.

          • Drew7

            With all due respect, Bill, I doubt you’ve played 162 games (a good portion of which were played in 90+ degree weather), at age-36, with chronic knee pain, while traveling all over the country for 6 months straight.

            And you know how many games good ‘ol Bobby-B played at Soriano’s age? Goose-egg.

    • die hard

      bigger question is why Soriano even playing except as PH…I know, against contending teams blah blah tradition blah blah league frowns on not putting best 9 blah blah….but how will kids get experience against quality teams…???

      • Carew

        you still want to a show that you have the possibility to compete in a game, Sveum essentially said that he wants to be the spoiler down the line this year. Also the FO would like to raise his value as much as possible, even if it is only a teeny-weeny bit. Just because its September call-ups doesnt guarentee playing time everyday…

        • Bill

          It makes no sense to bench him. As you said, you might increase his trade value (even slightly). If he was blocking prospects I’d say bench him, but he’s not so play him and then hopefully you can trade him during the offseason for a decent prospect or two. If not, keep him and that is one less FA bat you need to sign.

  • Ramy16

    Umm diehard Soriano was our whole offense tonite! That’s why Dale has Been playing him! He’s going to get 30 hrs and 100 RBI this year and doing it on a losing team! If he doesnt get come back player of the year I would be shocked!

    • art

      2011 CHC 137 475 50 116 27 1 26 88 27 113 2 1 .244 .289 .469 .759
      2012 CHC 124 460 53 119 28 1 25 85 33 124 5 2 .259 .315 .487 .802

      Ramy16, here’s his stats for 2011 and 2012. how in the world could he even be considered for CPY?