Matusz to make#Cubs debut vs Mariners

Brian Matusz will make his Cubs debut on Sunday night when the team closes its three-game Interleague series against the Mariners at Wrigley Field. This will be the lefty’s first big league start since July 1, 2012.

Matusz was traded by the Orioles to the Braves in late May and was released without seeing the field for Atlanta. He signed with the Cubs on June 14 and has been getting stretched out as a starter. He posted a 2.13 ERA at Double-A and Triple-A combined.

Matusz will be the seventh pitcher to start for Cubs this year. Four teams have used fewer starters: Blue Jays, Cardinals, Giants and Mets (six each).

Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist 2B

Russell SS

Heyward RF

Contreras C

Coghlan LF

Matusz P

*Looking ahead to Cubs vs. Marlins series, here are the pitching matchups:

Monday: RHP Kyle Hendricks (9-7, 2.39) vs. LHP Adam Conley (7-5, 3.38)
Tuesday: RHP Jason Hammel (10-5, 3.23) vs. RHP Jose Fernandez (12-5, 2.79)
Wednesday: RHP John Lackey (8-7, 3.69) vs. RHP Tom Koehler (8-8, 4.18)

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Source:: Muskat Ramblings

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