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.
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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.