The Cubs put rookie starter Chris Rusin on the mound last night, and he didn’t look as good as he did his first time out. He gave up five runs on eight hits while recording only one out. Rusin started the parade of 7 rookie pitchers to take the mound for the Cubs, and we almost had another Joe Mather sighting on the mound. At this point, you can tell Dale Sveum is over it.
“You could have double switched and got two innings out of somebody,” he said. “The only good thing about losing on the road is that you only have to go eight innings. The game was never super out of hand. You never know, but Lendy (Castillo) would have probably been in the game if it was a week ago.”
Castillo ended up being the only rookie reliever the Cubs didn’t use out of their bullpen.
“Even though we gave up a lot of runs, the bullpen gave it up but they didn’t give up too many pitches,” Sveum said. “That was probably the bright spot of the day.”
At least they didn’t throw too many pitches! Rafael Dolis reappeared from his exile in Iowa. He gave up two home runs in one inning, but Dale’s looking at the bright side.
“Hopefully that builds on something because when he left he was having trouble,” Sveum said. “Hopefully he has confidence. The velocity was good again but the location and the movement still wasn’t there. But at least he threw strikes.”
I wonder if Dale bought everyone sodas after the game.
You might be thinking the Cubs have used a lot of players this year. You’d be right.
Recker, acquired in a recent trade with the Oakland Athletics, became the 52nd player used by the Cubs this season, setting a team mark. Jaye Chapman was the 51st player when he made his big-league debut in the second inning.
The Cubs have also used 20 rookies this season with 11 of them making their major league debut.
I’m guessing if any of us showed up to the stadium in a credible outfit, we might just have a chance at playing.