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Open Thread: Cubs vs. Brewers, Sunday 4/10

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Greg Maddux vs. Victor Santos.

Maddux was 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA against Milwaukee last year, and is 10-2 in his career with a 1.45 ERA against the Brewers.

Santos, on the other hand, has a 5.20 ERA in 96 career games, 41 of which are starts. But, he was 3-1 against the Cubs last year with a 2.08 ERA in 26 innings, which included this ugly game (Jose Macias batting leadoff? You gotta be joking) and this even uglier game where he tied everyone but Sammy Sosa in knots.

So... this may not be as much a no-brainer as we hope.

In all the business of the last few days, I have neglected to mention this Bruce Miles column in the Daily Herald where he continues the lonely crusade to get Mike Wuertz anointed as closer:

What if the Cubs move [LaTroy] Hawkins into the setup role and handed the ball to Michael Wuertz in the ninth inning?

Don't laugh.

Closers emerge at the darndest times and in the darndest places. See Borowski, Eric Gagne and Joe Nathan, just to name three.

Wuertz, 26, threw better than anyone in the Cubs' bullpen last September, when he sported a nifty 0.77 ERA. Wuertz saved 19 games at Class AAA Iowa last year, where he perfected a changeup he uses with much effectiveness against left-handed hitters.

The kid isn't afraid, either, and that's half the battle when it comes to being a closer.

The Cubs ought to give it a shot.

Hear, hear. Now, if we can only get Jim Hendry and Dusty Baker to hear, hear.

Discuss amongst yourselves.