While we watch the Cubs play out the string for the rest of the season, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to actually watch this team play out the string for the rest of the season. One player who made things slightly more tolerable was shipped across the diamond yesterday when David DeJesus was traded to the Nationals and had to switch dugouts. Just when you thought you were headed into a spiral of despair, Brian Bogusevic returns from the disabled list to save the day!
You might remember that Bogusevic injured his hamstring in the last game before the All Star Break. He’s now rehabbed and ready to take over in left field, at least until Ryan Sweeney (insert swoon) returns from his rib cage injury. What should we expect from Bogusevic? Not much, but he’s probably better than Darnell McDonald. Plus, he offers us the chance to yell “BOGUS!” every time he makes a good play or gets a hit. That’s worth something, right? I’m trying to start a thing with that, so if you could help out, that would be great.
Tonight’s starter for the Nationals is one-time almost-Cub Dan Haren (7-11, 4.79) . He who could have been the return for an offseason trade of Carlos Marmol has had a rough year, including a stint on the DL. Shocker. But since returning from the DL, he’s been excellent, with a 2.30 ERA in seven starts. The Cubs will start Chris Rusin (2-2, 3.06) tonight. Rusin is probably pitching a bit over his head, but his FIP is 3.88, so his performance has been pretty good. Let’s hope he doesn’t decide to start regressing toward his expectations tonight.
Lineup after the jump.
Would someone please tell Starlin Castro to start hitting so we don’t have to see Darwin Barney hitting second? Game time is 7:05 Central and you’ll be able to watch on CSN should that channel be available to you. Let’s go team!