Chris Rusin, like Justin Germano before him, has his sights set on a rotation job in 2013, and wants to solidify his spot *in the competition* this month. Even a light’s out September, though, won’t guarantee anything. This is like the audition for the audition.

Darwin Barney’s 13-game hitting streak has him up in the two-hole.

Game Info

Cincinnati Reds (89-59) at Chicago Cubs (58-90), 7:05 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

Mike Leake (8-9, 4.69 ERA, 4.40 FIP)


Chris Rusin (1-2, 5.06 ERA, 5.35 FIP)

Cincinnati Reds Lineup

1. Brandon Phillips, 2B

2. Drew Stubbs, CF

3. Joey Votto, 1B

4. Ryan Ludwick, LF

5. Jay Bruce, RF

6. Scott Rolen, 3B

7. Dioner Navarro, C

8. Wilson Valdez, SS

9. Mike Leake, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, RF

2. Darwin Barney, 2B

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Starlin Castro, SS

6. Luis Valbuena, 3B

7. Welington Castillo, C

8. Brett Jackson, CF

9. Chris Rusin, P

  • Josh

    Hopefully Soriano hits #30 tonight. We gotta finish 5-9 and hopefully not much better because I don’t want to pass the Rockies/Twins/ or Indians.

  • Kevin


  • Mysterious4th

    Soriano got number 30! Had doubt with him in spring training but he’s proved me wrong along with a ton of others!

    • calicubsfan007

      @Mysterious4th: I am one of those proven wrong in terms of Sori. Well done Sori!

  • JoeyCollins

    30 and 101… good job Sori! His performance this year is one of the very few bright spots for the big team this year.