Chris Rusin

#52 RP / Colorado Rockies / EXP: 6YRS Height: 6-2 Weight: 195 lb Age: 31 College: Kentucky Bats/Throws L/L

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    • Rockies' Chris Rusin: Gets save Tuesday
      By RotoWire Staff

      Rusin got the final two outs in Tuesday's 4-2 win over Arizona for his second save. The rest of Colorado's bullpen stepped up with closer Greg Holland unavailable after working in three games over the previous four days. Scott Oberg allowed a leadoff double to open the ninth inning after pitching a perfect eighth, but managed to get one more out before being pulled in favor of Rusin. Rusin then induced a Daniel Descalso fly out and a Ketel Marte ground out to seal the deal.

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    • Rusin coughed up a pair of runs on three hits in two-thirds of an inning Tuesday night against the Padres. A light show from the Rockies' offense kept him from being the goat, but this was the second consecutive lackluster outing from the left-hander. Overall, Rustin continues to be one of the most consistent members of Colorado's rejuvenated bullpen, as his ERA and WHIP now sit at 2.68 and 1.07, respectively. His limited strikeout potential does make him less attractive in most fantasy formats, especially now that he's not being seriously considered for spot starts like he was last season.

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    • Rusin has five holds and 12 earned runs in 38.1 innings out of the bullpen for Colorado. Now in his third season for the Rockies, Rusin has seen his role change to the bullpen a little more each year and has now been used exclusively as a reliever. The result has been an ERA of 2.82 and WHIP of 1.02, both career bests. Still, the potential for Rusin to get a start at some point this season remains, making him an interesting risk for those in deeper formats.

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    • Rusin allowed a run on two hits and a walk in an inning of work Thursday against the Mariners. He also struck out one. This marked the second consecutive appearance in which the left-hander allowed a run, although he was one of the most consistent relievers for Colorado prior to this rough patch. Before the past two outings, Rusin had a string of seven straight scoreless outings. He also holds career bests in both his strikeout rate (7.8 K/9) and his walk rate (1.9 BB/9), allowing him to gain a sizable role in the Rockies' relief corps. His strikeout rate still isn't good enough to warrant a ton of fantasy interest, but his consistency and ability to make a spot start every now and then could keep Rusin relevant in deeper formats.

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    • Rusin is an option to start Saturday's game against the Dodgers, Nick Groke of The Denver Post reports. The southpaw made seven starts last season, and with Antonio Senzatela rendered unavailable until Sunday due to his pitching schedule, Rusin makes for an easy in-house option for a spot start. Prospect Jeff Hoffman is another candidate to make an appearance, although someone would need to be demoted in order to make room for the right-hander on the roster. Nothing official has been announced as of now, but Rusin's 3.00 ERA and 17:4 K:BB he's posted in 18 frames this season certainly works in his favor.

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