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Open Thread: Cubs vs. Diamondbacks, Thursday 7/28

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Here's how long it's been since the last time the Cubs played the Diamondbacks:

  • Two players in the Cubs' starting lineup that night aren't on the roster now, the leadoff hitter and the starting shortstop;
  • That night's Cub starting pitcher is now the closer;
  • Three other Cub pitchers who threw that night aren't on the roster now either;
  • And, a guy who drove in three runs for Arizona that night was just designated for assignment.

And that was only a little more than three months ago.

Today's Starting Pitchers
Jerome Williams
J. Williams
vs. Brad Halsey
B. Halsey
3-3 W-L 6-7
4.91 ERA 4.00
31 SO 67
16 BB 26
7 HR 12

Despite the crappy-looking ERA, Williams has actually thrown pretty well in all five Cub starts, going at least six innings in all of them. Halsey has one career appearance against the Cubs, a four-inning stint in the Cubs' 16-6 win on Opening Day.

Of more than passing interest is this: the Mets, who are currently tied with the Cubs in the wild-card race, are playing a four-game series in Houston this weekend. The Cubs trail the Astros by two games.

Who to root for? This is a tough one. I'd have to say the Mets, because in the long run, I think Houston is a tougher opponent. The Cubs have three games remaining with the Mets, next weekend in New York, and ten with the Astros -- three at Wrigley Field, and seven in Houston, though the Cubs have always played well in Minute Maid Park. Plus, as Cub fans we naturally hate the Mets anyway.

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Discuss amongst yourselves.