Open Thread: Cubs vs. Nationals, Thursday 7/5, 6:05 CT

I'm going to the Police concert tonight at Wrigley Field, so I won't see much, if any, of the series finale at Washington. Also, that means tomorrow morning's recap will be more concert review than ballgame recap. I didn't go to the Jimmy Buffett shows at Wrigley Field two years ago, so I'm very curious to see how they transform the ballpark into a concert venue.

Today's Starting Pitchers
Sean Marshall
S. Marshall
Cubs
vs. Jason Bergmann
J. Bergmann
Nationals
4-3 W-L 1-5
3.50 ERA 3.47
36 SO 47
13 BB 23
6 HR 5
vs. Was -- vs. Cubs
Sean Marshall is coming off his worst start of the year, and it'd be nice for him (not to mention the team) if he could have a solid comeback tonight, as he won't throw again till after the All-Star break. He beat the Nats on May 17, 2006, giving them only one hit in six innings, one of the best outings he had last year.

Jason Bergmann has been the victim of poor run support; in his ten starts the Nats have scored a total of 23 runs. He also spent a month on the DL; he's faced the Cubs once, which was the game on May 4 where Carlos Zambrano gave the Nats four runs in the first inning, and the Cubs came back to win anyway. Bergmann has started twice since his return from the DL and gone only four innings in each one.

For those of you who CAN watch today's game, it's cable-only, thus also at the Mediacenter.

MLB.com Gameday (2007 version)

MLB.com Gameday (2006 version

Discuss amongst yourselves.

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