Rusin will have his turn in the Rockies rotation skipped Tuesday, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports. Outside of a rough start earlier in May where he allowed seven runs on 13 hits in only 4.1 innings pitched, Rusin filled in the rotation admirably while Jorge De La Rosa (groin) was on the disabled list. However, it seems that the Rockies saw enough out of De La Rosa during his rehab assignment that they wanted to place him back in the rotation upon activation. This seemingly will bump Rusin back into the long relief role that he filled to begin the season, which naturally reduces his value in the short term. That being said, the 29-year-old will likely be the first one back in the rotation if someone gets hurt or is sent down, especially now that Christian Bergman (oblique), the Rockies other long reliever, is on the disabled list, so he could be worth a stash for patient owners in NL-only leagues.
Rusin (1-2) held the Cardinals to two runs on six hits over six innings Wednesday, but was stuck with a tough-luck loss. He struck out five and walked two. The lefty hasn't had much success either at Coors Field or on the road in his career, but he did take advantage of a road date this time; unfortunately, his efforts were in vain with Adam Wainwright and the St. Louis bullpen silencing the Rockies' offense. This was an impressive effort against the second-best offense in the National League, but Rusin's next task will be facing the best offense in baseball right now, the Red Sox, on Tuesday.
Rusin suffered his first loss of the season Tuesday against Arizona, allowing four earned runs on 10 hits and two walks in 5.2 innings. He struck out four. Rusin was hit hard for the second straight start and has now allowed a whopping 13 hits and 11 earned runs over his last two starts. Things will not get any easier for the struggling lefty, who is currently scheduled to face the second-ranked offense of the Cardinals next Tuesday.
Rusin was tagged for seven runs on a whopping 13 hits and two walks in just 4.1 innings Thursday against the Giants. He received no decision in an eventual 17-7 win. Amazingly, Rusin's terrible start was actually outdone by the Giants' Matt Cain, who finished with eight runs on his ledger. The 29-year-old Rusin had actually gotten off to a strong start to the season, posting a 1.69 ERA and 13 strikeouts through his first 16 innings, but a course correction seemed inevitable, and it didn't even take a return to Coors Field to achieve it. Although the southpaw shut out the Diamondbacks over five innings in his last start, it's not advisable for fantasy players to roll him out when Arizona visits Rusin at Coors on Tuesday.
Rusin allowed no runs on one hit and three walks while striking out six over five innings, but received no decision Saturday at the Diamondbacks. Due to him pitching out of the bullpen to start the season, Rusin left the contest after throwing just 76 pitches. He left the game with a two-run lead that the bullpen promptly blew in the following inning. After allowing three runs in his first outing of the season, he's now held opponents scoreless over his last 14.2 innings to lower his ERA to 1.69. He'll make his next start Thursday at the Giants.
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