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Open Thread: Cubs vs. Reds, Wednesday 8/10

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Of interest to you might be the NL wild-card standings, on this date this year, and one year ago today:

8/10/2005      W  L   GB   
Houston       60 52  ---  
Washington    59 53  1.0  
Philadelphia  59 54  1.5  
Florida       58 54  2.0  
NY Mets       57 55  3.0  
Milwaukee     56 58  5.0  
Chi Cubs      54 59  6.5  

8/10/2004      W  L   GB
Chi Cubs      61 51  ---
San Diego     60 52  1.0
San Francisco 60 54  2.0
Philadelphia  58 55  3.5
Florida       55 56  5.5
Houston       55 57  6.0
Cincinnati    54 58  7.0
That's right, last year the team six games out in sixth place in the wild card on this date was the winner. Yes, they had to go 37-13 to do it.

Can the Cubs go 36-13 (which would get them to 90 wins)? Doubtful.

But it has happened, and as recently as last year.

And anytime you think the Cubs have really sucked lately, just be glad you didn't have to live through the nightmarish 11-run 9th inning the Royals gave to the Indians last night.

Today's Starting Pitchers
Rich Hill
R. Hill
Cubs
vs. Eric Milton
E. Milton
Reds
0-1 W-L 5-12
7.00 ERA 6.75
19 SO 87
9 BB 40
2 HR 33

Man, Eric Milton sucks. That might have been the worst free-agent signing ever -- three years, $25.5 million for that kind of production?

The NL record for HR allowed in a season is 48, set by Jose Lima in 2000, and the ML record is 50, set by Bert Blyleven in 1986.

Let's see if the Cubs can get him closer to the record today.

Discuss amongst yourselves.