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18 Chris Rusin RP
Height/Weight: 6-2/195 | Birthdate: 10/22/1986 | Birthplace: Detroit, MI | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Chicago | College: None | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 0/0 | Average Draft Position: 463.00
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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.

Chris Rusin takes no-decision in short start


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2013) Cubs starter Chris Rusin took a no-decision in Friday's game against the Brewers thanks to a high pitch count.

Rusin allowed just two runs over 3 2/3 innings, but he gave up seven hits and two walks and was removed after throwing his 85th pitch. Rusin owns a solid 2.89 ERA but has just a 1.5 K/BB and will need to pitch more efficiently to remain in the rotation looking forward to 2014.


Chris Rusin maturing as major-league pitcher


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2013) Cubs starting pitcher Chris Rusin has performed well enough in his nine starts (2.74 ERA, 1.30 WHIP) in 2013, he's put himself in the mix to compete for a rotation spot next spring, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

"A lot of pitchers will be pitching for spots [in spring training], but I can only control what I do, and that’s try to give the team the best chance to win," he said. "If I don’t make it [in the rotation], don’t take it the wrong way."

Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Rusin is a different pitcher this season than the one who went 2-3 with a 6.37 ERA and 1.65 WHIP in seven starts in his first taste of the majors last season.

"When guys get their feet wet like he did last year, it helps a lot," Sveum said. "He had struggles, but you learn to understand, 'This is what I have to do to get big-league hitters out.' The biggest thing for his maturity was learning to make pitches when he has to. He’s been able to calm down."


Chris Rusin gets no-decision against Phillies


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2013) Cubs starter Chris Rusin took a no-decision Saturday against Philadelphia.

Rusin allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits over five innings. He walked three and struck out three. Rusin now has not allowed more than two earned runs in his last four starts. His ERA sits at 2.74.


Chris Rusin settles for no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2013) Cubs starter Chris Rusin tossed a quality start but failed to factor into the decision Sunday against the Padres. The left-hander surrendered three hits and four walks while striking out three over 6 1/3 innings pitched.

Rusin has allowed two earned runs or fewer in each of his last four starts. He is scheduled to make his next start Saturday at home against the Phillies. He is 0-3 with a 4.32 ERA in three starts at Wrigley Field.

Chris Rusin suffers third loss


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2013) Cubs starter Chris Rusin (2-3) turned in a sharp outing but did receive enough run support as he took the loss Tuesday night against the Nationals. The left-hander yielded two runs on 10 hits and two walks while striking out two over 5 2/3 innings of a 4-2 defeat.

Rusin has allowed two earned runs or fewer in each of his last three starts. He is scheduled to make his next start Sunday at San Diego.


Chris Rusin takes loss in quality start


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2013) Cubs pitcher Chris Rusin was the victim of no run support in Wednesday's 5-0 loss to the Reds, giving up two earned runs on three hits and a walk while striking out three in six innings.

It was Rusin's second straight quality start, but he still fell to 2-2 with the loss. He brings a 2-2 record, 3.06 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 21:10 K:BB ratio into Tuesday's scheduled matchup with the Nationals.


Chris Rusin blanks Cards


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2013) Cubs starter Chris Rusin (2-1) bounced back as he turned in a dominant outing as collected his second win of the season Friday night against the Cardinals. The left-hander fired six scoreless innings as he allowed seven hits and two walks while striking out five in a 3-0 win.

Rusin has allowed only four earned runs combined over his last three starts (17 innings). He is scheduled to make his next start Wednesday at home against the Reds.

Cubs set rotation plans for upcoming week


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2013) The Cubs announced their upcoming rotation plans Sunday, according to the Chicago Daily Herald. Edwin Jackson, Travis Wood and Jeff Samardzija will pitch in a three-game series at Philadelphia before Chris Rusin and Carlos Villanueva pitch the first two games of a series at St. Louis, which starts Friday.

Chris Rusin hit hard vs. Dodgers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2013) Cubs starter Chris Rusin (1-1) endured a rough start as he suffered his first loss of the season Thursday night at home against the Dodgers. The left-hander yielded four runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out four over five innings of a 6-4 defeat.

Rusin has allowed four earned runs over his last 12 innings pitched. He is scheduled to make his next start Wednesday at Philadelphia. He is 1-0 with a 2.93 ERA in three starts away from Wrigley Field.

Chris Rusin throws seven scoreless innings in no-decision


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2013) Cubs pitcher Chris Rusin held the Giants scoreless in seven innings of work, giving up just three hits and two walks while striking out three in his team's 1-0 win. However, Rusin did not pick up the win, as a scoreless tie between the teams wasn't broken until the ninth inning.

Rusin has made three starts in July, posting a 2.93 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 9:4 K:BB ratio in 15 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Dodgers Thursday.


Chris Rusin makes case for rotation spot


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2013) Cubs starter Chris Rusin was pressed into duty with a rotation spot up for grabs Monday at Arizona. Rusin was extremely impressive in earning the victory.

Rusin (1-0) gave up just two earned runs on two hits and two walks over five solid innings and 78 pitches in a 4-2 victory over the Diamondbacks. He struck out four batters and lowered his ERA to 5.40 after he'd allowed three runs over 3 1/3 innings in his only other start this season.

Rusin was called up Monday to make the start with Matt Garza traded to the Rangers. Rusin could remain in the starting rotation going forward with Justin Grimm, traded from Texas in the deal, going to the minors. Grimm could take his place before long, however.

Chris Rusin to start for Cubs


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2013) The Cubs will start Chris Rusin Monday in Arizona with Matt Garza scratched and likely headed to the Rangers, MLB.com reports. 

Rusin has appeared in one game for the Cubs this season -- July 2 in Oakland. He got the start and gave up three runs on six hits over 3 1/3 innings in a no-decision. 


Chris Rusin optioned to Triple-A


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2013) The Cubs optioned pitcher Chris Rusin to Triple-A Iowa Wednesday, one day after he made his first start of the season. Rusin was sent down in order to make room on the roster for the acquisition of bullpen help, and the Cubs now have an open hole in the rotation for Saturday against the Pirates.