Will the Cubs divest themselves of Edwin Jackson?

One thing the Cubs have a perponderance of is #5-#6-#7-type starters. From Dallas Beeler to Eric Jokisch to Chris Rusin to Travis Wood to Felix Doubront to Justin Turner to Dan Straily the really deep cuts (Yoanner Negrin or Carlos Pimentel, anyone? Dae-Eun Rhee?), the Cubs have plenty of options to plug into the back end of their rotation (of which 2 spots are more-or-less reserved...
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Minor League Update: 8-19-14

Salt Lake Bees 7 @ Iowa Cubs 5 Stargazing Tony Campana (batting#9): 1-4 Logan Watkins: 2-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI Jorge Soler: 0-4, BB, 2 SO (.230/.330/.517) Mike Olt: 0-4, 4K On the Mound Chris Rusin: 6.1 IP, 6 R, 3 BB, 2 SO Tennessee Smokies 7 @ Montgomery Biscuits 1 Stargazing Albert Almora: 2-5, 2B, SO (.236/.261/.337) Addison Russell: 2-5, 2B, HR, 2 RBI (.297/.346/.534) Christian Villanueva...
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August 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Matt Szczur makes diving catch for the last out of a Minor League no-hitter (VIDEO)

Matt Szczur went 0-for-5 at the plate Wednesday night, but it wasn't the centerfielder's bat that Iowa Cubs pitcher Chris Rusin was thankful for, it was his glove.In the bottom of the ninth inning, Rusin faced Josh Rodriguez of the New Orleans Zephyrs, one out shy of a no-hitter. Rodriguez then hit a soft pop fly to the Bermuda Triangle of open outfield space between the...
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May 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs minor-leaguer Chris Rusin tosses no-hitter

For the second straight year, a Cubs minor-leaguer recorded a no-hitter. Chris Rusin hurled a no-no with Triple-A Iowa Wednesday afternoon, shutting down the New Orleans Zephyrs on the road. It was Iowa's first no-hitter since August 1984. Rusin was a one-man wrecking crew, recording two hits and two RBI at the plate in the 3-0 victory, allowing just two walks and striking...
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May 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs option Chris Rusin to Triple-A Iowa

The Chicago Cubs called up left handed starting pitcher Chris Rusin from Triple-A Iowa, which resulted in the Cubs sending down reliever Brian Schlitter. Rusin and Carlos Villanueva were battling for the fifth and final spot in the starting rotation for the Cubs during the final stretch of Cactus League ply. Villanueva did just enough to take the job away from Rusin, who started...
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April 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Rusin to Chicago, Schlitter to AAA

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April 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs hand fifth spot in rotation to Carlos Villanueva

Carlos Villanueva didn’t exactly impress in his 17 2/3 innings in the Cactus League, but the Cubs’ other options didn’t fare any better. That’s why, as Gordon Wittenmeyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports, the Cubs have given the fifth spot in the rotation to Villanueva. Villanueva posted a 5.60 ERA during the spring. Chris Rusin, one of his competitors, finished at 7.45...
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March 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Road to Opening Day: #4

The Cubs got destroyed by the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday afternoon because Chris Rusin decided to throw batting practice:   It’s okay, because things happened in the land of roster moves.  Maybe that means Rusin will go somewhere far away and Carlos Villanueva will keep the seat warm for Jake Arrieta. The Cubs play their last game of the preseason in Cubs Park against...
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March 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Road to Opening Day: #9

The Cubs beat the White Sox on Friday by a touchdown.  Luis Valbuena decided he didn’t like Sox pitching… As an added bonus, we get to hear Hawk Harrelson be sorta sad.  Chris Rusin pitched well, and Mike Olt got on base three times as the DH. In other Cubs news, Javier Baez had a minor foot injury (right heel contusion) after legging out an infield single, but he should be...
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March 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Road to Opening Day: #13

Cubs kept doing that “win one, lose one” thing again on Monday, this time beating the Angels at home while losing to the A’s on the road.  This hit by Emilio Bonifacio was cool: And then, of course, since every pitcher in spring training seems to be broken anyway, James McDonald had his own little issue: McDonald receives medical attention after 2nd pitch sails to backstop...
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March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Minor League Preview: Chicago Cubs

Organizational Talent Rankings via Baseball America 2013 (12) | 2012 (14) | 2011 (16) | 2010 (14) | 2009 (27) 2013 Affiliate Records MLB: [66-96] NL Central AAA: [66-78] Pacific Coast League – Iowa AA: [76-62] Southern League – Tennessee A+: [75-51] Florida State League – Daytona A: [55-80] Midwest League – Kane County A(ss):  [41-35] Northwest League — Boise Graduated...
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February 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Jason Hammel: the Chicago Cubs most significant offseason signing?

The addition of veteran right-handed pitcher Jason Hammel to a one-year, $6 million contract should allow the Chicago Cubs to slot their pitchers in positions of strength and provide the Cubs with additional depth and roster flexibility to make trades before or during the 2014 season. Hammel enjoys a five-pitch arsenal which includes 92 to 95 mph four- and two-seam fastballs,...
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February 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Ranking 2013′s Rookie SP Class: #21-33

It’s not you, Kyle Gibson. We just can’t get excited over a Twins pitching prospect. Last week I received a great question from a reader named Pierre: Of all the SP who maded their debut in the MLB in 2013,which ones do you prefer for 2014 and beyond (in order)….??? From the four periods and three question marks Pierre used at the end of his question, I can only surmise that...
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December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates send Cubs to team-record 50th home loss

Once again, the Chicago Cubs wound up on the wrong end at Wrigley Field. Chris Rusin was chased in the third inning and the Cubs fell to the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-2 Tuesday night, setting a team record with their 50th home loss in a season. ''To lose that many games at home, it's something you got to stay away from,'' manager Dale Sveum said. ''For whatever...
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September 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Game 158: Pirates 8 Cubs 2

If you were at all concerned that the Pirates were going to be hung over on Tuesday after celebrating their wild card clinching win on Monday night, those notions were put to rest fairly early in this one. After going down in order in the first inning, the Pirates scored three times in the second inning thanks to a Marlon Byrd single, a Gaby Sanchez walk, a Pedro Alvarez RBI double...
September 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates beat Cubs, 8-2, take one-game lead on Reds

Lest the Pirates enjoy their celebration too much after clinching a playoff spot Monday night Andrew McCutchen established a policy. We'll party tonight their MVP candidate center fielder said according to manager Clint Hurdle. Tomorrow we play. Sporting a regular lineup the Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs 8-2 at Wrigley Field Tuesday night. They knocked around Cubs starter Chris...
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September 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Maintaining focus

Last night was awesome, but it's time to move on. There is still a division race that's undecided, and the best way for it to stay that way is for the Pirates to win as many of these last five games as possible. A good place to start along those lines would be hitting the ball more consistently. Chris Rusin starts for the Cubs tonight; his peripherals are pretty bad, the...
September 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Rusin's wildness costs Cubs in 7-0 loss to Brewers

Although Sean Halton's first career grand slam was the big blow, it was Chris Rusin's pitches out of the strike zone that proved more costly to the Cubs. Halton's homer capped a five-run first inning that included two walks by Rusin (2-5) and Tyler Thornburg allowed just two singles over six innings as the Milwaukee Brewers beat Chicago 7-0 on Wednesday night. '...
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September 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Brewers look to continue dominance over Cubs

Despite being only marginally better than the Chicago Cubs in the standings, the Milwaukee Brewers' recent run of dominance in the series hasn't skipped a beat this year. They'll look to continue that Wednesday night against left-hander Chris Rusin at Miller Park, a matchup that appears favorable considering their success versus southpaws. After a 4-3 victory Tuesday...
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September 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Rusin solid again but Cubs lose to Pirates 3-1

Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum isn't quite ready to give Chris Rusin a spot in the rotation next spring. If Rusin's argument gets any more compelling over the next two weeks, Sveum might not have much of a choice. Rusin pitched seven effective innings in a 3-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday night, allowing two runs and four hits while striking out two. He extended...
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September 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates Notebook: Previewing the Cubs

Tonight the Pirates return after a 10-game road trip to open up a 11-game homestand with four games against the Chicago Cubs. The Pirates are 7-5 against the Cubs this season, and will play three more games in Chicago before the season series is over. With three wins at home this weekend, the Pirates (84-61) would ensure themselves the advantage in the season slate between the two...
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September 12, 2013  |  Discuss

The final homestand of 2013 starts tonight

After their roller-coaster road trip to Milwaukee, St. Louis, and Texas, the Pirates return home to PNC Park tonight to kick off an 11-game homestand against the Chicago Cubs. These 11 home games are the last regular season games to be played at PNC this year, and given that eight of them are against lousy teams, the Pirates are going to need to win a bunch of these games if they...
September 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Game 146 Preview: Pirates vs. Cubs

Cubs (62-83) at Pirates (84-61) 7:05 PM–PNC Park, Pittsburgh Gameday TV: ROOT, WGN  Tonight the Pirates kick off their final homestand of the season, and they’ll play their first game as a winning team in PNC Park. This is an 11 game homestand, and it has to be a huge success if the Pirates want to win this division. The Bucs have all the opportunity in the world, for...
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September 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Cubs-Pirates Preview

The Pittsburgh Pirates shook off a sweep at the hands of one first-place team by sweeping another one. Now they look to keep the momentum going against a last-place club as Jeff Locke tries to snap a winless streak of his own Thursday when the Pirates host the Chicago Cubs. Pittsburgh (84-61) entered this week having lost four straight following a three-game sweep to NL Central...
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September 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Lake grand slam helps Cubs to 8-5 victory over Brewers

Incremental progress for the Cubs at this stage of an otherwise lost season is measured by tangible improvement from the young players and stability from the veterans. Climbing out of the National League Central basement along the way wouldn't be a bad thing either. The Cubs received a mixed bag of results Friday beating the Brewers 8-5 at Wrigley Field as rookie outfielder...
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September 07, 2013  |  Discuss
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