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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Bum Rusch

Nothing kills momentum more than staring at a 9-0 deficit to the Cincinnati Reds on 6 homeruns, no less. Glen “G-Unit” Rusch just didn’t have it yet again yesterday, giving up one homer after another in his 4 innings of work. Well at least “Charles” Bronson Arroyo didn’t take him yard again.

Oh wait…

I’m afraid that’s going to be the story of the Cubs this year, at least in the early going, inconsistency in the starting rotation. A few good outings followed by a couple of absolute disasters. As far as G-Unit goes, I’m not sure what the team should do with him. He didn’t look good in the spring, and his two starts against the Reds have been awful. Maybe it’s just that the Reds have his number? Maybe it was the conditions he was pitching in? After all, it’s not good to be a flyball pitcher in a launching pad like GBP or at Wrigley on a day in which the wind is blowing out (as it was yesterday). Maybe he’ll settle down and give a better performance against a team other than Cincinnati. I’d give him one, maybe two more starts to show something before demoting his ass to the pen and bringing up someone like Angel Guzman or maybe Rich Hill.

To top off the fun that was yesterday’s 9-2 rout, the Cubs have a couple of injuries to report. Jaques Jones strained a hammy running in the outfield and A-Ram strained his ass (right glute actually) while taking a swing. Both are day-to-day, although knowing Aramis this injury will linger for about 3 months and he’ll become even slower than he usually is, if that’s even possible. Look for Angel Pagan and Neifi in the lineup today.

Today the Cubs send Mad Dog to the hill to face the Medium Red Machine. Mad Dog has become somewhat of a slow starter the last few years, but was impressive in his first start of the season last Friday. Hopefully he can keep the ball down on these guys as the wind will probably be blowing out again today. If he can do that, he’ll be in good shape. Mad Dog’s lifetime record against the ‘Nati is 17-16 with a 3.65 ERA, although the Reds have given him a hard time during the last three years. During that span his record is 1-4 with a 6.75 ERA. The Reds counter with Brandon Claussen who is 1-3 with a 7.91 ERA against the Cubs.

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