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Open Thread: Cubs vs. Braves, Monday 7/4

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The last time the Cubs played the Braves, the boys from Atlanta were busy helping eliminate the Cubs from the 2004 wild-card race.

Of course, the Cubs helped themselves to that as well.

This isn't your father's Braves team, or even last year's Braves team. On the current Atlanta 25-man roster, there are no fewer than nine rookies.

And yet, they win. Object lesson.

Hey, have you guys been over at my SportsBLOGS colleague Larry's Viva El Birdos, the Cardinals site? He's got a poll up asking who Cardinals fans fear most in the playoffs.

So far, it's the Cubs in a landslide. Geez, I hope this comes true.

Today's Starting Pitchers
Kerry Wood
K. Wood
Cubs
vs. Kyle Davies
K. Davies
Braves
1-1 W-L 3-2
5.29 ERA 4.63
42 SO 33
16 BB 24
6 HR 4

The Cubs face one of those nine rookies in Kyle Davies tonight. The pitching matchups are favorable enough that the Cubs should at least split this series.

If you can't see this game on TV, well, you don't have cable or satellite. It's on no fewer than three national cable channels -- WGN, TBS and ESPN. I have no idea why ESPN bothers to carry a game that is essentially available on a national basis anyway.

Discuss amongst yourselves.

UPDATE [2005-7-4 18:41:31 by Al]: Note, there is now a poll on the right sidebar -- asking your thoughts about how many games the Cubs will win this year. This is a new BCB feature, and I'll change polls every week or so. If anyone has any suggestions about a poll you'd like to see, either leave it in the comments or e-mail me. Thanks!