It was a bullpen night for the Cubs, as Chris Rusin was knocked out early, and the relievers didn’t do much to keep the game under control. Good teams tend to beat bad teams, and so it was for the 2013 Pirates and 2013 Cubs.

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  • Adventurecizin’ Justin

    Nice outings by Raley & Rosscup, though!

    • willis

      Pay attention to Rosscup. I saw him in the minors and in a couple games with Chicago, he’s got some good stuff. When people salute or bitch about the Garza trade, they never mention this guy as a good get from that trade. He should be a solid bullpen presence from here going forward.

  • MichiganGoat

    Sadly these losses haven’t help the Pirates because the voodoo of the Cardinals keep on winning.

    • ssckelley

      Yep, and it is unlikely the Cubs will help much this weekend. To me it is more important that the Cubs hang on to the #4 pick than winning games. With last nights loss the Cubs eliminated Seattle from competition since the Cubs own the tie breaker. But they still have the Twins right behind them.

      • cubfanincardinalland

        Nah, the Cubs will give the deadbirds fits this weekend, probably take 2 out of 3. Cardinals are all hype, when Craig went out, their chances went down the shitter. Look at their record, last 90 games they are barely over .500. Vastly overrated by the media shills. Wacha has one nice game, where the Nationals hit about 5 rockets right at guys, they got him in the hall of fame. A middle of the rotation guy with average stuff.

        • ssckelley

          But right now the Cubs cannot hit their way out of a paper bag. The Cardinals are only 1/2 game out of the best record overall and home field advantage so they still have plenty to play for. Minnesota will be playing Cleveland who is trying to hang on to that last wild card spot. It is not so much the pick itself as there is not much difference between drafting 4th or 5th but it is $750K extra draft pool money you get drafting 4th that matters. If the Cubs do not purse a free agent with a qualifying offer that pool money is worth even more (2nd/3rd round picks).

      • macpete22

        It would have been nice if the Pirates could win the division or even the Reds

        • ssckelley

          Nice for them but it makes no difference to the Cubs. The Cardinals have clinched the playoffs so the only difference it makes is playing in the 1 game wild card playoff.

          Honestly I want what is best for the Cubs right now, I will let the Pirates and the Reds worry about the Cardinals.

          • macpete22

            I don’t know about you but, the more games the Cardinals have to win in the playoffs to reach the world series the better IMO

  • hansman1982

    Good news: Sveum has been limiting the usage of Russell lately.

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  • chrisfchi

    Isn’t this the 2nd time Rusin has been pulled after less than 3 innings of work?

  • Die hard

    Ricketts buyer remorse to set in soon

  • Jim

    Bullpen night is the worst promotion I’ve heard of since, well, Zubaz night…

  • Hansman1982

    Shouldn’t it be “Bullpen night didn’t go so well”?

  • Spoda17

    As I work through my morning routine I am finding I noticeably am missing the minor league report… LUUUUKKEEEE!!!

    • C. Steadman

      sad to say, but that was the one thing i looked forward coming to this site in all of july and august was to see how the farm was doing

    • Brett

      Luke does good work – it’s easy to miss it.

      • C. Steadman

        oh i wasnt knocking on your work brett…i was knocking on the performance of the big league Cubs..this will be my first offseason following BleacherNation so I’m excited to see those posts, I joined at the beginning of July because a co-worker told me this is a good website for trade updates, now im hooked

        • Brett

          Oh, I know – I was just using it as an opportunity to toss a gratuitous compliment Luke’s way.

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  • willis

    Blake Parker has had a hell of a year out of the pen. So there’s that.

    • CubFan Paul

      We could do better.

  • Stevie B

    I am stoked to see Baez and Bryant, along with Castro and Rizzo, on the same field. I really have a good feeling about these kids.
    Of course thinking Almora and Soler, along with the above, will ALL click and make it is a pipe dream, but you have to admit, injuries aside, it is looking good so far.