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Open Thread: Cubs vs. Brewers, Wednesday 6/22

Before the season started, when Kerry Wood and Mark Prior were both hurt, many of us thought that Carlos Zambrano would step up and become the #1 starter that he has the stuff to be.

He's had some very, very good starts this year -- and some bad ones, including last Friday at Yankee Stadium.

Time to step up again. The Cubs have a baby winning streak, and the Cardinals lost to the Reds again today 7-6, so the Cubs have a chance to pick up another game in the standings. Plus, they are only a game behind the Phillies for the wild-card lead at this writing.

Doug Davis is one of those goofy lefties who can be death on the Cubs. Dusty ought to stack the lineup with right-handed hitters tonight, and that includes benching Corey if necessary.

Today's Starting Pitchers
Carlos Zambrano
C. Zambrano
vs. Doug Davis
D. Davis
4-3 W-L 8-6
3.56 ERA 4.47
86 SO 72
40 BB 41
9 HR 13

Also, here are (left to right: David, Mark, Jeff, Clay and Al) all of us outside the Yankee Club last Saturday:

(as always, click on photo to view full-size in new browser window; if you are using IE, you may have to click the lower-right corner of the image to expand it to its full size; in Firefox click anywhere on the image. Photo by Mark)

Discuss amongst yourselves.