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Open Thread: Cubs vs. Padres, Friday 6/3

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Cross Octavio Dotel off the trade list -- he's having reconstructive elbow surgery which will keep him out for at least the rest of this season.

Good. Right now the Cubs are clicking on all cylinders -- and though help may yet be needed later on, the bullpen is doing quite well now that the pitchers have settled in to their defined roles.

Today's Starting Pitchers
Sergio Mitre
S. Mitre
vs. Adam Eaton
A. Eaton
0-0 W-L 7-1
5.84 ERA 3.58
6 SO 48
2 BB 19
3 HR 7

Eaton will be tough. He was the winning pitcher in a 1-0 Padres win at Wrigley Field on April 11, the one where Ryan Dempster threw so well.

But, the Cubs are a far different team than they were on April 11 -- or for that matter, on May 11, or on May 26, the last day they lost.

Also, I have opened a Bleed Cubbie Blue store at CafePress. Wear the BCB colors proudly! I've got shirts and a cap -- if you want another clothing item, I can set that up too. Prices are very reasonable. Here's an example of what you can get:

Discuss amongst yourselves.