wrigley field from right bleachersSince the Cubs blew out the Nationals last night, I can only assume David DeJesus was their Kryptonite.

The Chris Rusin try-out tour continues tonight. Can he keep pulling this off? On the other side of the bump is the guy who was a Cub for about 15 minutes in November, Dan Haren. He was never actually a Cub (the front office backed out of the Marmol/Haren swap after reviewing Haren’s medicals), which has proved to be a relative good thing.

The lineup is interesting, featuring the return of Brian Bogusevic (also in a try-out) and Starlin Castro batting all the way down in the 8 spot.



On the Nats’ side, old friend Scott Hairston gets a start against the lefty, Rusin.

Game Info

Washington Nationals (60-64) at Chicago Cubs (54-70), 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

Dan Haren (7-11, 4.79 ERA, 4.26 FIP)

versus

Chris Rusin (2-2, 3.06 ERA, 3.88 FIP)

Washington Nationals Lineup

1. Bryce Harper, CF

2. Ian Desmond, SS

3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

4. Jayson Werth, RF

5. Wilson Ramos, C

6. Tyler Moore, 1B

7. Anthony Rendon, 2B

8. Scott Hairston, LF

9. Dan Haren, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Junior Lake, CF

2. Darwin Barney, 2B

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Nate Schierholtz, RF

5. Donnie Murphy, 3B

6. Brian Bogusevic, LF

7. Welington Castillo, C

8. Starlin Castro, SS

9. Chris Rusin, P


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