Carlos Marmol of the Chicago Cubs celebrates after the game against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on August 13, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
Here's the deal. We've had far too much controversy this weekend. Those things aren't going away, but I'm thinking that for at least one day -- a Sunday afternoon -- maybe we could all just put that aside and enjoy baseball for its own sake.
The Cubs played pretty well yesterday. They have a chance to win a series from a good team for the first time in... well, a while. What's wrong with that? For a day, at least, put all the turmoil away and just root for the Cubs to win.
Castro SS, Barney 2B, Ramirez 3B, Pena 1B, Byrd CF, Soriano LF, Colvin RF, Soto C, Garza P
Bourn CF, Prado 3B, McCann C, Uggla 2B, Freeman 1B, Heyward RF, Gonzalez SS, Constanza LF, Beachy P
|Today's Starting Pitchers|
|2011 - Matt Garza||5-9||22||22||1||0||0||0||134.2||127||66||57||11||48||138||3.81||1.30|
|2011 - Brandon Beachy||5-2||17||17||0||0||0||0||97.0||84||40||37||14||31||105||3.43||1.19|
Matt Garza has never faced the Braves, not even in interleague play. He has faced a handful of current Braves, who have hit .255 (12-for-47) against him with no home runs. Michael Bourn's done the best -- 4-for-11.
Brandon Beachy has never faced the Cubs or anyone on the current roster. You know what usually happens when the Cubs face a pitcher like that. Beachy has been quite good this year, too.
Today's game is on WGN and FSN South. Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today.
Today's first pitch thread will be up at 12:35 p.m. CDT and the overflow threads will post at 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm and 3:15 pm CDT. If you need more overflows due to extra innings or rain delays, post them in the fanshot section.
Discuss amongst yourselves.