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52 Chris Rusin SP
Height/Weight: 6-2/195 | Birthdate: 10/22/1986 | Birthplace: Detroit, MI | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Colorado | College: None | MLB Experience: 4 | Owned/Started%: 3/1
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Rockies SP Chris Rustin allows 10 hits in no-decision on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/27/2015) Rockies left-hander Chris Rusin was knocked around for five runs (two earned) on 10 hits over 6 1/3 innings against the Giants on Saturday. Rustin walked one and struck out four, but was left with a no-decision int he 7-5 loss.

Rustin gave up three runs in the third inning, thanks in-part to an error and a two-run double by Buster Posey. Rustin then served up a solo home run to Matt Duffy in the fifth inning, leaving the Rockies with a 5-4 lead at the time.

But the wheels came off in the seventh. Rustin was lifted with a runner on and one out in the inning. But a walk and two doubles later, the Giants grabbed the 7-5 lead, and would hold on for the win.

"We gave them a couple extra outs one inning, but Russ did a great job -- really threw the ball well, commanded it, gave us some length," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said, per MLB.com. "He was battling all day. It's a tough lineup to get through multiple times. He certainly gave us a shot to win that game."

Rustin actually lowered his ERA to 4.69 in this one, though it still was not a very effective outing overall.


Rockies SP Chris Rusin throws six innings in win over Brewers


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/21/2015) Rockies starting pitcher Chris Rusin tossed six innings and picked up his third win of the year in Sunday's outing against the Brewers.

Rusin allowed seven hits and three earned runs but received plenty of run support in the 10-4 win. He threw just 84 pitches and struck out two batters before being pulled from the game.

Rusin (3-2) has a 5.03 ERA with 22 strikeouts and 11 walks in 34 innings of work this season.


Rockies SP Chris Rusin blasted for seven runs on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/16/2015) Rockies left-hander Chris Rusin struggled for the second consecutive start in Tuesday's loss to the Astros. Rusin, who gave up six earned runs his last time out, lasted four innings on Tuesday. He surrendered seven runs on nine hits, while walking two and striking out four. He needed 92 pitches to get through the four innings.

Rusin got beat up by Luis Valbuena, who touched him up for a solo home run in the second inning and a a three-run shot in the third inning. 

Rusin (2-2, 5.14 ERA) will look to turn things around in his next start, scheduled for Sunday at home against the Brewers.


Rockies SP Chris Rustin loses re-match with Marlins on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/11/2015) It was just last Saturday that Rockies starter Chris Rusin dominated the Marlins for seven innings in Colorado. Fast-forward to Thursday night in Miami, and this time it was the Marlins that got the last laugh.

Rusin struggled in the re-match on Thursday, allowing six runs on 11 hits over 5 1/3 innings. He walked two and struck out one, needing 105 pitches to complete his outing.

The left-hander got into early trouble when he gave up a three-run home run to Giancarlo Stanton in the first inning. The Marlins tacked on two more in the second, and Jeff Baker added one more on a solo home run in the fifth inning.

Rusin (2-1) had given up just four runs over three starts prior to Thursday. But after this poor performance, his ERA ballooned from 1.45 to 3.38.

"I just didn't hit my spots," Rusin said, per MLB.com. "The ball was up this time. Not like last time where I kept the ball down with movement. Today, I didn't. Left my pitches up, fell behind early, and I had to force myself to throw strikes. Got hurt with a couple of them, especially falling behind early and walking some guys in the first inning to get to Stanton. That's not what you want to do. I found that out."

He'll look to get back on track in his next start, scheduled for Tuesday against the Astros in Houston.


Rockies SP Chris Rusin goes seven innings in win


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/6/2015) Rockies pitcher Chris Rusin was dominant in his team's 10-5 win over the Marlins on Saturday.

Rusin tossed seven innings and only allowed two earned runs while striking out eight batters. 

In 19 2/3 innings this season, Rusin has allowed just three earned runs for an impressive 1.45 ERA.

"He knows how to pitch -- knows how to put sequences together, finish an at-bat, get a ground ball when he needs it, elevate the ball when he needs to do that," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said, per MLB.com.

Rusin is scheduled to make his next start Thursday in a rematch with the Marlins in Miami.


Rockies shuffle rotation for weekend and beyond


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/5/2015) The Rockies have installed left-hander Chris Rusin as their Saturday starter against Miami and pushed Kyle Kendrick back to Sunday, the Denver Post has reported.

Rusin has earned the opportunity based on two strong outings, including one start on May 26. He has allowed just one run on eight hits in 11 2/3 innings.

The team has also named David Hale as its Monday starter against St. Louis, which shoves Jorge De La Rosa back to Tuesday.


Rockies SP Chris Rusin allows one run in Tuesday's loss


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2015) Rockies pitcher Chris Rusin only permitted one run to score, but he received a no-decision during Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the Reds.

Rusin allowed one run on four hits while striking out five and walking four batters. His ERA now stands at 1.29 and he earned a quality start for his effort.

Rusin was called up for a spot start Tuesday in place of Jorge De La Rosa, who suffered a cut on his hand. Tuesday was Rusin's first start in 2015 and it is not known when his next appearance will be.


Rockies call up Chris Rusin for spot start on Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2015) The Rockies have called up pitcher Chris Rusin to make a spot start on Tuesday agianst the Reds, the team announced. Rusin will get the call after Jorge De La Rosa suffered a cut on his hand and was scratched from his scheduled start.

Rusin is 3-2 with a 6.29 ERA in six starts this season in Triple-A Albuquerque. The team has optioned Yohan Flande back to Triple-A in a corresponding roster move.


Rusin will be Rockies' emergency bullpen arm for doubleheader


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Rockies pitcher Chris Rusin will be the 26th man in the active roster during Wednesday's doubleheader against the Diamondbacks, per the Denver Post. Rusin, who posted a 7.11 ERA in 12 2/3 innings of relief last season, will be considered as an emergency bullpen arm. The club will activate him if necessary on Wednesday.

Rockies option Chad Bettis, Ben Paulsen to minors


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2015) The Rockies optioned three players and reassigned nine other to their minor league camp on Sunday. 

Optioned to the minors were

RHP Chad Bettis, who is converting from relief to a starting pitcher. He didn't allow a run in five spring innings. "He's in a good place," manager Walt Weiss said, per the Denver Post. "There's some clarity in his role and what he needs to do. It was a positive camp for him."

First baseman Ben Paulsen, who had a .108 spring average. "He hasn't had a great spring," Weiss said. "But that doesn't diminish what I think of the guy."

LHP Chris Rusin, who had a 6.43 spring ERA. 

Reassigned to minor league camp were: LHP Kraig Sitton, LHP Aaron Laffey, LHP John Lannan, RHP Jair Jurrjens, RHP Brett Marshall, catcher Audry Perez, infielders Trevor Story and Omar Quintanilla, and outfielder Roger Bernadina.


Rockies claim Chris Rusin off waivers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) The Rockies claimed pitcher Chris Rusin off waivers from the Cubs, according to MLB.com on Saturday. Rusin went 4-9 with a 4.97 ERA in three seasons with Chicago. He owned a 7.11 ERA over 12 2/3 innings of work this season.

Cubs make a trio of moves


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(8/10/2014) The Cubs activated reliever Neil Ramirez (triceps) from the disabled list and optioned pitcher Chris Rusin to Triple-A Iowa. Chicago also added recently-acquired pitcher Jacob Turner to the 25-man roster.

Chris Rusin joins Cubs Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) The Cubs recalled pitcher Chris Rusin from Triple-A Iowa Wednesday.

The team endured a 16-inning game Tuesday, so bringing up a bullpen reinforcement makes sense. They have yet to announce a corresponding move, but they may be able to clear a space if they trade Emilio Bonifacio before gametime Wednesday. Rusin has given up six runs in 8 2/3 innings over two games with the Cubs.


Chris Rusin sent back to Triple-A


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) The Cubs optioned pitcher Chris Rusin to Triple-A Iowa to clear a roster spot Wednesday for pitcher Dallas Beeler. Rusin allowed five runs on nine hits and one walk in 3 2/3 relief innings Saturday at Washington.

Who is worth targeting among the Cubs' rotation hopefuls?


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(7/5/2014) Clearly, the headliners from Saturday's trade between the Cubs and Athletics were Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, and both immediately become must-owns in AL-only leagues. Their departure leaves the Cubs with two big holes to fill in their rotation, and there is no shortage of candidates to fill them.

Carlos Villanueva has replaced Samardzija for his Saturday start at the Nationals, but he is not necessarily among the candidates to fill a spot long-term. Even if he were, Villanueva has not had a sterling track record as a starter (career 4.94 ERA), so he can be passed over in virtually all Fantasy formats.

Then there is Dan Straily, who was acquired from the A's as part of the return for Samardzija and Hammel. He will report to Triple-A Iowa, but according to CSNChicago.com, he could be up with the big club soon. Because of his strikeout potential, Straily is worth stashing in NL-only leagues. He has a Jake Odorizzi-like skill set -- complete with shaky control and a high flyball rate -- but without a pitcher's park like Tropicana Field (or his former home of O.co Coliseum) to come home to, there may be little respite from home runs.

A better risk than Straily is Tsuyoshi Wada, who has already been announced as Tuesday's starter at the Reds. He has similar strikeout potential to Straily but with fewer control issues and slightly less pronounced flyball tendencies. He is worth pursuing in some deeper mixed leagues, as well as in NL-only formats.

Chris Rusin, just called up for bullpen duty, Dallas Beeler and Kyle Hendricks will also be in the mix, according to ESPN.com, but none has appeal outside of deeper NL-only leagues. With so much competition for two open spots, none of those three are really worth the trouble of expending FAAB dollars or a waiver priority.


Chris Rusin on his way up Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2014) Cubs pitcher Chris Rusin has been called up from the minors Saturday.

Rusin has pitched in one game in the majors this season. He allowed one earned run over five innings. He's expected to take the roster spot of either Jeff Samardzija or Jason Hammel. 


Chris Rusin tosses no-hitter for Triple-A club


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2014) Cubs pitching prospect Chris Rusin threw a no-hitter for Triple-A Iowa Wednesday, the first in 30 years for the minor-league franchise.

Rusin's no-hitter came during a 3-0 win over the Zephyrs. He struck out three and allowed just three baserunners; two on walks and one on catcher's interference. The 27-year-old needed 118 pitches to retire 29 batters, just two more than the minimum.

Rusin is now 2-4 with a 3.58 ERA for Iowa this season, while also tossing five one-run innings in a relief appearance with the Cubs.  


Cubs option Chris Rusin, recall Blake Parker from Triple-A


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2014) The Cubs optioned pitcher Chris Rusin down to Triple-A Iowa following his outing Saturday against the Cardinals. The team will bring up Blake Parker from Iowa to replace his spot on the roster, Comcast SportsNet Chicago reports.

Rusin allowed one run on three hits and one walk while striking out one over five innings pitched in a 10-4 defeat.


Cubs make pitching moves Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2014) The Cubs have promoted left-hander Chris Rusin from Triple-A Iowa and demoted righty Brian Schlitter .

The latter might have stamped his ticket with a poor performance Friday night against Pittsburgh in which he surrendered three earned runs in 2/3 of an inning.


Chris Rusin ticketed for Triple-A


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2014) Cubs pitcher Chris Rusin has lost the competition for the fifth-starter role and will begin the season at Triple-A Iowa, MLB.com reports.

Rusin struggled this spring, posting a 7.45 ERA and 8:3 K:BB ratio in 19 1/3 innings. He'll likely be the first option once the Cubs have a vacancy in the rotation that needs filling.


Chris Rusin pitches five scoreless innings Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2014) Cubs pitcher Chris Rusin gave up just two hits in five scoreless innings while striking out three in his team's 7-0 win over the White Sox Friday.

Rusin will likely miss out on a rotation spot when the team breaks camp, as Carlos Villanueva is expected to fill in for the injured Jake Arrieta. However, Friday's gem was a step in the right direction for Rusin, who has posted a 3.78 ERA and 8:3 K:BB ratio in 16 2/3 innings this spring.


Chris Rusin surrenders four earned runs in spring debut


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2014) Cubs pitcher Chris Rusin drew the start Friday but was lit up for four earned runs on five hits and one walk in two innings in his team's 15-3 loss to the Angels.

Rusin struck out one in his spring debut and held the Angels scoreless in the first inning before things came apart in the second. He went 2-6 with a 3.93 ERA and 36:24 K:BB ratio in 66 1/3 innings with the Cubs last season.


Chris Rusin roughed up by Pirates


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2013) Cubs starter Chris Rusin failed to make it past the third inning as he took the loss in a rough outing against the Pirates Tuesday night. The left-hander, who made his final start of the season, surrendered four runs on six hits and one walk while striking out one over 2 2/3 innings of an 8-2 defeat.

Rusin finished the season 2-6 with a 3.93 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP in 13 starts. He struck out 36 and walked 24 over 66 1/3 innings pitched in the majors.


Chris Rusin hit hard in loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2013) Cubs starting pitcher Chris Rusin had a rare misstep Wednesday, as he struggled in a 7-0 loss to the Brewers.

Rusin, who entered the outing having allowed three or fewer runs in 10 of his first 11 starts this season, suffered through easily his worst start yet. Rusin was tagged for six runs on four hits and two walks in four innings of work. He struck out three batters, while throwing 41 of 65 pitches for strikes.

Rusin fell to 2-5 with a 3.52 ERA in 64 innings of work. His next start is set for Tuesday against the Pirates. 


Chris Rusin stays sharp in losing effort


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2013) Cubs starter Chris Rusin (2-4) tossed a quality start but failed to receive enough run support as he took the loss Thursday night against the Pirates. The left-hander surrendered two runs on four hits and no walks while striking out two over seven innings of a 3-1 defeat.

Rusin has allowed two earned runs or fewer in each of his last seven starts. He is scheduled to make his next start Wednesday at Milwaukee.